What are some items that represent Miss Maudie and her personality?

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In chapter 5, Scout begins spending most of her evenings with Miss Maudie and has an enlightening conversation about Arthur "Boo" Radley. At the beginning of the chapter, Scout mentions that Miss Maudie had "two minute gold prongs clipped to her eyeteeth." These tiny gold prongs could...

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In chapter 5, Scout begins spending most of her evenings with Miss Maudie and has an enlightening conversation about Arthur "Boo" Radley. At the beginning of the chapter, Scout mentions that Miss Maudie had "two minute gold prongs clipped to her eyeteeth." These tiny gold prongs could symbolically represent the precious words that come out of Miss Maudie's mouth throughout the novel. Miss Maudie is portrayed as an independent woman with an "acid tongue," who constantly encourages the Finch children and offers them valuable advice.

Miss Maudie's pair of hedge clippers and her sunhat represent her affinity for gardening. Miss Maudie's favorite hobby is working in her flowerbeds and taking care of her azaleas. Miss Maudie is even criticized by the foot-washing Baptists because they think she spends too much time in her garden. Scout mentions that Miss Maudie allows her and Jem to run around in her yard as long as they don't step on her flowers and compares Maudie's struggle to eliminate nut grass to the Second Battle of the Marne.

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This is a great question. Miss Maudie is a great character in the book, and a few different items represent her personality. 

First, in several places, Scout says that Miss Maudie made the best cakes in the neighborhood. What makes this even more significant is that she make these cakes for the children. She does not find the children annoying, but she loves them and treats them with respect. Here is what the text says:

She made the best cakes in the neighborhood. When she was admitted into our confidence, every time she baked she made a big cake and three little ones, and she would call across the street: “Jem Finch, Scout Finch, Charles Baker Harris, come here!” Our promptness was always rewarded.

From this perspective, cakes would completely represent Miss Maudie.

Second, Miss Maudie loved to garden and she loves her azaleas most of all. Scout says that the children had free reign over her yard as long as they did not harm her azaleas. So, azaleas also represent her.

Finally, since she is a kind soul that does no one any wrong, she can also be seen as a mockingbird. 

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