What are similarities and differences between Aunt Alexandra and Maudie Atkinson throughout To Kill a Mockingbird? 

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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  • Both grew up at or near Finch's Landing.
  • Both are members of the Missionary Circle.
  • Both of the women refuse to attend the trial of Tom Robinson.
  • Both are excellent cooks.


  • Miss Maudie is a Baptist; Alexandra is a Methodist.
  • Aunt Alexandra is "an incurable gossip"; Miss Maudie goes out of her way to mind her own business.
  • Aunt Alexandra tries her best to change Scout's unladylike ways; Miss Maudie accepts Scout for who she is and the way she is.
  • Aunt Alexandra always dresses immaculately, while Maudie wears coveralls most of the day while working in the yard.
  • Miss Maudie is a widow; Aunt Alexandra is married (barely) to Jimmy Hancock.
  • Miss Maudie is childless (apparently); Aunt Alexandra has a son and a grandchild.
  • Miss Maudie has a great sense of humor; Alexandra never shows a humorous side during the entire novel.
gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Aunt Alexandra and Miss Maudie both are polite, Southern women who enjoy social events throughout the novel. Alexandra and Maudie are both respected members of their community. They are also both loyal individuals who try to influence Jem and Scout in positive ways. They also care deeply about Atticus and his children, even though they have different ways of showing it.

Despite their similarities, they also have different personalities. Alexandra is extremely judgmental and continually criticizes Scout for the way she dresses and acts. In contrast, Miss Maudie is a tolerant woman who supports and encourages Scout throughout the novel. Maudie is also kind and easy-going, while Alexandra comes off as cold and strict. The Finch children enjoy Miss Maudie but try to avoid their aunt. Aunt Alexandra is also prejudiced toward African Americans and lower-class citizens. In contrast, Miss Maudie is an accepting, tolerant woman who does not harbor prejudiced feelings toward others. 

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