Why does Aunt Alexandra come to stay with Atticus and his family? why did she go to live with him

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Aunt Alexandra says that she moves into provide Scout with a women's influence, but the timing of her move indicates that there may be other factors involved.  She moves in just before the start of the Tom Robinson trial, and although she disapproves of her brother defending Robinson, as family this may be her way of showing her brother support.  She knows that Atticus will be very preoccupied with the trial and will have little time for his children and this is one way she can help him without being involved with the trial  Secondly, her quick and complete involvement in town life suggest that part of the reason for the move is her own need of the social outlets that life in town has to offer compared to the isolation at Finch's Landing.   It surely seems that her coming to town has more implications than her desire to civilize Scout.

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Aunt Alexandra moves in with Scout, Jem, and Atticus "for a while" in order to give Scout some "feminine influence." Scout narrates, however, that Aunt Alexandra's presence is "not so much Atticus' doing as hers."

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