It is not by chance that Scout's character is drawn by author Harper Lee as a chip-off-the-block of father Atticus. Lee based both characters on her own life: Scout is a microcosm of Lee herself, and Atticus is derived from her father, who was also an attorney. Scout and Atticus share many traits: They are inquisitive, sensitive, love to read, and people persons. Scout and her Aunt Alexandra have few common traits or interests. Scout is a tomboy, and Alexandra prides herself on being a lady. Scout prefers the company of males, while Alexandra surrounds herself with women whenever possible. Scout finds good in most people, while Alexandra looks down her nose at many of Maycomb's citizens.
Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand into a glove, but never into the world of Jem and me. I so often wondered how she could be Atticus' and Uncle Jack's sister that I revived half-remembered tales of changelings and mandrake roots that Jem had spun long ago.