Who has the most positive and most negative influence on Scout?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You seem to be asking for a positive influence and a negative influence on Scout.

AUNT ALEXANDRA seems to be her most negative influence. Scout can pick up on the fact that she doesn't necessarily support Atticus' position through the trial. The missionary tea circle that Scout has to go to (I am sure under the command of Aunt Alexandra) further rubs Scout the wrong way as she sees racism, hypocrisy, and sheer rude behavior dressed up in Sunday's best. Although I believe Aunt Alexandra loves Scout and Jem, and she comes to help, Scout the narrator paints Aunt Alexandra as a person not to copy.

MISS MAUDIE teaches Scout values through example and respect. When the boys are rude to Scout in chapter 5, Miss Maudie takes Scout under her wing and determines to enlighten her about neighborhood history, shadings, and the value of her father. Scout learns to respect and admire her dad for doing right even when no one else wants him to because Maudie points out what a good man he is. By the time the missionary tea rolls around, Maudie is there to keep Scout from acting on her emotions, something that has always been a burden to Scout. Maudie was Scout's most positive influence.

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