What makes Miss Maudie different from other neighbors such as Stephanie Crawford and Miss Rachel Haverford ?  

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The difference between Miss Maudie, Stephanie Crawford and Rachel Haverford is one of acceptance and love.  Miss Maudie never condescends to Scout or Jem.  She is not judgemental or bigoted.  Miss Maudie talks to the children as equals and tells them the truth.  Mrs. Crawford and Miss Haverford, who is Dill's aunt, are very judgemental and condescendingto the children. Dill's aunt is alos very afraid of things and is always fussing over Dill. 

Maudie tells the children that it is a sin to kill a Mockingbird.  She is the one who tells Scout and Jem that Mockingbirds cause no harm to anyone.  She tells the children about the innocence of a Mockingbird and how important it is to protect the innocent. 

While Crawford and Haverford believe that children should be seen and not heard, Miss Maudie is kind to the children and interacts with them on a personal level.  Miss Maudie is insightful, kind and fair to everyone.  Miss Maudie is also a liberal while the other women are very conservative.  Miss Maudie is known to quote scriptures to the more conservative members of the community and enjoys joking about their hypocrisy.

"It is Miss Maudie who affirms that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, since "they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us." A respected community member who often teasingly reproaches the children, Miss Maudie nevertheless has a impish streak."

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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