Read The First Two Things Alexandra Says When She Comes To The Finch House. Are These Typical Of Her Or Not?

What were the first two things Aunt Alexandra does when she goes to the Finch house in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Are these typical of her or not?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

    Aunt Alexandra invites herself to come to Maycomb and take care of Jem and Scout while Atticus prepares for the Tom Robinson trial in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus fails in his attempts to convince his sister to stay at Finch's Landing and that Calpurnia is capable of taking care of them all. As Jem, Scout and Calpurnia return from a Sunday at the First Purchase A.M.E. Church, Jem cries out to look at "the porch yonder." Thinking he means the Radley porch, Scout half expects to finally see Boo there. But, he means their own porch, where Aunt Alexandra sits rocking "as if she had sat there every day of her life."

    "Put my bag in the front room, Calpurnia," was the first thing Aunt Alexandra said. "Jean Louise, stop scratching your head" was the second thing she said.

    Neither of these remarks should come as a surprise, since Alexandra's bossiness is a lifelong habit. She later makes it clear that Calpurnia is no longer needed in the household now that she has arrived. Additionally, Aunt Alexandra always seems to make a comment about Scout's unladylike ways.

jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Aunt Alexandra arrives at the Finch house at the beginning of chapter 13, she says, “Put my bag in the front bedroom, Calpurnia." Then she says, “Jean Louise, stop scratching your head."

These comments are typical of Aunt Alexandra. She is an entitled person who insists on a rigid social order. She is old-fashioned and bigoted in her morals, and she treats African Americans, such as Calpurnia, as second-class citizens. Therefore, Aunt Alexandra does not believe in the egalitarian treatment of Calpurnia, whom Atticus treats with respect. 

In addition, she believes in rigid gender roles, and she thinks Scout should play with tea sets and wear the pearl necklaces she gave her niece when she was born. Scout's insistence on being herself and acting like a tomboy irritates Aunt Alexandra, who often lectures Atticus on the subject. 

hjzhou | Student

"Put my bag in the front room, Calpurnia," was the first thing Aunt Alexandra said. "Jean Louise, stop scratching your head" was the second thing she said.

tali101 | Student

The first two remarks by Aunt Alexandra are typical. They are typical of her because not only is she always bossy, she always points out the different social classes and feels superior to most. She has a prejudiced and condescending attitude towards the Finch's black maid, Calpurnia, and as usual comments of Scout's unladylike ways.

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