Do you have an adult in your life that is like a friend? For Jem and Scout in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, that person is a neighbor named Miss Maudie. Miss Maudie is a character that makes the book a whole lot more meaningful to the reader. She helps Scout through some hard times and somehow manages to get through the hard times in her own life. Miss Maudie is one of my favorite characters and adds a lot to the novel. Miss Maudie, according to the children, “was a widow, a chameleon lady who worked in her flower beds in an old straw hat and men’s coveralls, but after her five o’clock bath she would appear on the porch and reign over the street in magisterial beauty” (Lee 56). Miss Maudie is an avid gardener and loves pretty …show more content…
After Miss Maudie’s house burns down, the children emerge from their house to find her gazing at her charred house and plants. Jem and Scout apologize to Miss Maudie, feeling bad that her house burned down. Grinning, Miss Maudie replies, “Always wanted a smaller house, Jem Finch. Gives me more yard. Just think, I’ll have more room for my azaleas now!” (Lee 97). This answer surprises the children. After more questions Miss Maudie says, “Don’t you worry about me, Jean Louise Finch. There are ways of doing things you don't know about. Why, I'll build me a little house and take me a couple of roomers and--gracious, I'll have the finest yard in Alabama. Those Bellingraths’ll look plain puny when I get started!” (Lee 97). Miss Maudie then asks about what has been happening in the lives of the children. Scout says, “Miss Maudie puzzled me. With most of her possessions gone and her beloved a shambles, she still took a lively and cordial interest in Jem’s and my affairs” (97). Miss Maudie is almost unaffected by all of the tragedy that has just occurred and she is already making plans to rebuild her life. She doesn’t waste any time on grieving. This is my favorite part of the book because it proves how strong-willed Miss Maudie is. When faced with extreme loss, she only sees the good. It really proves how strong of a person and how adaptable she …show more content…
She adds a lot of advice and lessons about life. She tells Scout that “there are just some kind of men who-- who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results” (Lee 60). She provides advice and guidance for Scout and helps Scout understand things that Atticus does not teach her. If she was not included, then Scout and other people would lose a lot of knowledge about the trial, Boo Radley, and her father. For example, without Miss Maudie, Scout would not learn about how great of a person her father is. Miss Maudie tells her, “Gracious child, I was raveling a thread, wasn’t even thinking about your father, but now that I am I’ll say this: Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets” (Lee 60). This is an extreme compliment to Atticus and helps Scout to understand the kind of person that her father really is. Another example from the novel would be when Miss Maudie is calming Aunt Alexandra down in the kitchen. Miss Maudie says that they are “paying the highest tribute” they can pay a man. Aunt Alexandra asks who and Miss Maudie replies, “The handful of people in this town who say that fair play is not marked White Only; the handful of people who say a fair trial is for everybody, not just us; the handful of people with enough humility to think, when they look at a Negro, there but for the Lord's kindness am I”
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To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that express the effect of racism and discrimination through many different characters. Miss Maudie is the neighbor of Scout, the main character, and supports the town of Maycomb in different ways. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Maudie symbolizes a mockingbird and supports the theme, “You don’t know someone until you have walked in their shoes”. Throughout the novel, we learn what a mockingbird symbolizes and the reader can finally start to understand the novel's title.
Spoke as nicely as he knew how (page 46).” Miss Maudie is clearly trying to tell Scout that Arthur was a nice child and she should not let rumors influence her perception of someone. Maudie advises Scout directly when Scout is questioned about her future by Miss Stephanie at a missionary circle meeting. “Miss Maudie’s hand closed tightly on mine, and I said nothing. Its warmth was enough (page 230).” Although Miss Maudie did not speak, she acted as a mentor and calmed Scout when she would have most likely acted out of
In the county of Maycomb, children were usually not taken seriously by adults, but Miss Maudie was different than the rest of Maycomb in this aspect. Through indirect characterization, Harper Lee illustrates that Miss Maudie treated Jem, Dill, and Scout in a positive way. She achieved this through the way she acted and how she treated the three children. She was compassionate towards them and was always welcoming. She was extremely considerate towards them.
This showed that innocence would be lost all over their neighborhood later on. As the book progresses, Miss Maudie is staying with one of her neighbors, Miss Stephanie. Most of the ladies of the town, including Scout’s Aunt Alexandra attended a missionary circle hosted by the Finches. When these ladies come together they eat food and talk about taking Jesus to Africa. One of the ladies in attendance, Miss Merriweather had a lot to say Christian values and practicing them.
Her father influences her decisions and is a great role model. If it were not for Atticus, Scout would have been like the rest of society. It is people like Atticus, Scout, Jem, and Judge Taylor who make a difference in Maycomb. Everything Scout has learned apply to different types of prejudice, as proven in the
She learns life advice from Miss Maudie. This is because her brother and friend have started to exclude her from their activities. “Until Jem and Dill excluded me from their plans, she was only another lady in the neighborhood, but a relatively benign presence” (Lee 47). Scout describes how after Jem and Dill stopped hanging out with her, Miss Maudie started to have a presence on her. Throughout chapter five multiple acts of exclusion are mentioned all revolving around Scout.
Hey Mama, I love visiting Aunt Rachel in Maycomb. There is a girl here and hoowee is she sumthin’. Her name is Scout and she lives with her dad, Atticus, her brother, Jem,and her housekeeper Calpurnia. Scout is the coolest girl there is in Maycomb, and I want to marry her when I get older. I met her and Jem because Aunt Rachel is the Finch's’ neighbor.
Miss Maudie Atkinson is a widowed sharp-tongued neighbor, and a long time family friend to the Finch family. To Kill A Mockingbird, a novel written by Harper Lee in 1960, is a story that takes place in the 1930’s, about two young children (Jem and Scout) being raised in a small town in Alabama Their father is a lawyer who defends an African-American and is judged by most of the white towns folk. Miss Maudie is one of the few people who supports Atticus defending Tom, and is Jem and Scouts best grown-up friend. Throughout the novel Miss Maudie stands up for Atticus when both the children are upset with him, and when people talk badly about Atticus defending a black man, or talk bad about African-Americans in general. Miss Maudie is willing to be treated badly by other people to stick up for her friend.
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Miss Maudie Atkinson is depicted as a very influential character and guide in the children’s lives, but above all, she is a strong role model. Initially, Miss Maudie reveals her resilience as she is commonly known to recover from setbacks quickly and effectively. Specifically, when Scout questions Miss Maudie for not grieving after her house being on fire, Miss Maudie replies, “Don’t you worry about me, Jean Louise Finch. There are ways of doing things you don’t know about.
When Miss Maudie’s house caught on fire, Scout observed, “The old fire truck, killed by the cold, was being pushed from town by a crowd of men [...] The men of Maycomb, in all degrees of dress and undress, took furniture from Miss Maudie’s house to a yard across the street. I saw Atticus carrying heavy oak rocking chair, and thought it sensible of him to save what she valued most” (92-93). During the fire, the men of the town rushed out to help. Some headed off to quench the fire while others tried to save Miss Maudie’s belongings.
but she still stands out when compared to other individuals in Maycomb because of her loving and compassionate character. For instance, the day after the trial, Jem and Scout are provided with Miss Maudie’s famous cake, “There was a big cake and two little ones on Miss Maudie’s kitchen table. There should have been three little ones. It was not like Miss Maudie to forget Dill, and we must have shown it. We understood when she cut from the big cake and gave the slice to Jem” (Lee 214).
Maudie was given a chance to pass her wisdom to 7-year-old Scout even though Scout does not understand it now but will in the future. When Jem and Dill started leaving Scout out of their conversations, Scout went and spent a lot of time with Miss.Maudie. Miss. Maudie has learned a
One of their favorite pastimes was to go annoy a neighbor, Miss. Lottie. All of the children would come together and hide behind the bushes. Then they would pelt the stunning flowers that stood in front of the poor, broken down, little house that Miss. Lottie shares with her son.
Another thing she does constantly is not let her brother do things alone. Jem would want to go do things alone, but Scout would say “no, I 'm comin’ with you”. Scout is a vital part of to Kill a Mockingbird not only because she is the point of view, but the book would be boring without her even as a supporting role. She is this prominent because of her personality and assertiveness.
Here is an example of Miss Maudie choice to defend Scout in a group full of women: “That Stephanie’s a card,” somebody said. Miss Stephanie was encouraged to pursue the subject: “Don’t you want to grow up to be a lawyer?” Miss Maudie’s hand touched mine and I answered mildly enough, “Nome, just a lady. ”Miss Maudie (Lee,122) Like Atticus Scout father she gives advice and listens to.