New-York Historical Society Reading Into History - Do You Really Think So? (12-15): Aunt Alexandras "Streaks" Showing 1-5 of 5
Chapters 13 and 14
It describes how a series of events shakes their innocence, shaping their character and teaching them about human nature. In her novel, Lee demonstrates how these children learn about the essentiality of good and evil and the existence of injustice and racism in the Deep South during the s…. Change makes up a tremendous part of how the characters interact with each other as well as how they grow and evolve throughout the novel. Whether it be physical, mental or emotional changes, Lee depicts how these changes affect the outcomes of prominent events that occur throughout the novel. Without these necessary changes, the novel would not have the same impact on its readers. Through transformation of the characters….
Chapter 13 begins with Aunt Alexandra arriving at the house and announcing her staying, much to Scouts disappointment. She has a very distant relationship with Jem and Scout, for she strongly disapproves of their upbringing and the fact that they do not seem to succumb to her ideas of social norms i. Aunt Alexandra settles into Maycomb very quickly and soon establishes a firm reputation as a hostess, and was an 'incurable gossip'. She also does not fail to pass her judgement on the 'streaks' in which every family in Maycomb seems to uphold of some sort. Her preoccupation with heredity is further shown with her old fashioned views of what makes 'fine folks', and that the longer a family was squatting on one patch of land the finer it was.
Harper Lee 's To Kill a Mockingbird was published in Instantly successful, widely read in high schools and middle schools in the United States, it has become a classic of modern American literature winning the Pulitzer Prize. Atticus Finch is the middle-aged father of Jem and Scout Finch. He is a lawyer and was once known as "One-shot Finch" and "the deadest shot in Maycomb County. He appears to support racial equality and was appointed to represent Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman, Mayella Ewell. The town disapproves of him defending Tom especially when he makes clear his intent to defend Tom Robinson to the best of his abilities. He was also an honest person, he tried to help everyone he could.
Here are some quotes which would be useful for answering a question such as: How does Harper Lee present Aunt Alexandra in the novel as a whole? Aunt Alexandra was the last of her kind; she had riverboat, boarding school manners; let any moral come along and she would uphold it; she was born in the objective case; she was an incurable gossip. Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion … that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was.
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Aunt Alexandra tells Scout she cannot go back the next Sunday. Later, she tries to convince Atticus to get rid of Calpurnia, saying that they no longer need her. Atticus refuses. That night, Jem tells Scout not to antagonize Alexandra. Scout gets angry at being lectured and attacks Jem. Atticus breaks up the fight and sends them to bed. Scout discovers something under her bed.