What is funny about the snowman that Scout and Jem make in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee?    

What is funny about the snowman that Scout and Jem make in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee?





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price7781 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When a rare snow storm blows into Maycomb and deposits a thin layer of snow on the lawns, Jem and Scout are anxious to build a snowman.  The snowman actually consists of more mud than actual snow; however, the children are able to form a pot-bellied, portly snowman who resembles the eccentric Mr. Avery who rents a room from Mrs. Dubose down the street from the Finches.  Mr. Avery’s strange behaviors have been the source of conversation between the children, especially when they see him peeing off Mrs. Dubose’s porch one night.  Mr. Avery also blames the turn in the weather on bad kids, aiming this superstition towards Jem and Scout as they pass by his house.  When Atticus realizes that the snowman looks like Mr. Avery, he urges Jem and Scout to change it, so they borrow a bonnet from Miss Maudie to disguise the effigy of Mr. Avery.  Mr. Avery is another interesting, peculiar character who Harper Lee creates to show the many personalities found in a small, southern town.

afi80fl eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The snowman was "funny" in that it looked very much like Mr. Avery, a neighbor who blamed the changing weather on children's bad behavior.  He claimed it was found in the Rosetta Stone.  Atticus recognized the similarities between Mr. Avery and the snowman, and told the children to make appropriate changes.  Scout and Jem borrowed Ms. Maudie's hat to turn it into a female, and Ms. Maudie referred to it as a "morphodite." 

zumba96 | Student

The children made the snowman look like a neighbor of theirs and when Atticus saw it, he told them to make appropriate changes because the snowman was not nice. However, since he told them to change it, the kids borrowed Ms Maudie's hat in order to change it.                                 

samu3l123 | Student

They make it look like him because they don't like him. Also, they start building it and realise he has the shape of a snowman.

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