Why is Miss Maude Atkinson a good friend to Scout?  

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litgeek2015 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Miss Maudie is a good friend for a number of reasons.

  • She treats Scout with respect. Instead of talking down to her because she is a young child, as most everyone else except Atticus seems to do, Miss Maudie talks to Scout, Jem and Dill all as if they were little adults. 
  • She never tries to make Scout something she isn't. She appreciates her just the way she is. For Scout, this is invaluable because she is a tomboy and living in a time and place where girls are supposed to be ladylike. Scout is not interested in being ladylike. She is simply different than most other girls and Miss Maudie lets Scout be Scout without any pressure to change.
  • She is a bit of a tomboy herself. She wears overalls, likes getting messy in her garden, and stays away from the social activities that most of the other women in town regularly attend. Miss Maudie is a kindred spirit to Scout.
  • She can be trusted. As Scout points out, Miss Maudie keeps secrets and never tells on her or Jem. This is important to Scout because she and Jem tend to get into trouble here and there and she is one adult who isn't going to run off and tattle to Atticus.
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To Kill a Mockingbird

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