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To Kill a Mockingbird – Chapter 13


To Kill a Mockingbird– Chapter 13

Auntie Alexandra thinks that Scout requires the impact of a lady in the house: “Jem’s maturing now and you are too … We decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine impact. It will not be several years, Jean Louise, before you end up being thinking about
clothing and kids–.” It is also apparent that Atticus might use the extra assistance, considering that the trial will quickly take up most of his time.Scout is not delighted about Auntie Alexandra’s arrival. She has not gotten along very well
with her auntie in the past, and she is not thinking about any of the womanly perfects that Aunt Alexandra wants to teach her.
Why does Auntie Alexandra concern visit? How does Scout feel about her arrival?
She strongly believes in heredity and that some families have inbred “streaks,” which can forecast and discuss their habits. As Scout informs the reader, according to Aunt Alexandra, “Everyone in Maycomb, it appeared, had a Streak: a Drinking Streak, a Betting Streak, a Mean Streak, a Funny Streak.” She likewise believes that a household’s goodness has less to do with the way the members conduct themselves and more to do with the length of time the family has been established: “… the longer a family had actually been squatting on one spot of land the finer it was.” This is obviously an illogical belief. Jem highlights the illogical nature of it by specifying,
“That makes the Ewells great folks, then.” The Ewell clan is known to be lazy, disrespectful, and imply, but by Auntie Alexandra’s reasoning, they must be a fine household simply due to the fact that they have actually survived on the very same spot of ground for generations.
What is Auntie Alexandra’s significant theory concerning human behavior? How does Jem
mention the impracticality of this theory?
Maycomb’s caste system is similar to Auntie Alexandra’s theory. Individuals are divided into classes or classifications based on household history. As in a caste system, individuals are locked into a specific class and can not escape it no matter how hard they try. This is since the system is not based upon a person’s actions however simply on what others have pertained to anticipate of the household as a whole. As Scout explains, “the older citizens, the present generation of people who had lived side by side for several years and years, were entirely predictable to one another: they considered approved attitudes, character shadings, even gestures, as having been duplicated in each generation and improved by time.”
Scout states that there is a “caste system” in Maycomb. How does she explain the system?
Atticus tells Jem and Scout that Auntie Alexandra wants them to know that they are not from “ordinary people, that [they] are the item of several generations’ mild breeding,” and that they “should try to act like the little lady and gentleman that [they] are.” Atticus admits that he does not understand how to say what he has been informed to say; he is reluctant, fidgets, and seems totally out of his aspect. Because he is so undoubtedly uncomfortable, it appears that Atticus does not truly believe in what he is saying. It appears that he is stating it just since Auntie Alexandra demanded that he do so.
When Atticus comes into Jem’s space prior to bedtime to consult with the children, what info does he relay to them from Auntie Alexandra? What is his temperament andtone? Do you believe he thinks in what Auntie Alexandra has made him state?
Atticus speaks sharply to her, and she becomes psychological. She is upset due to the fact that Atticus is not imitating himself and is telling them things he does not believe in: “This was not my dad. My dad never ever thought these ideas. My father never spoke so.” Scout suddenly feels remote and separated from Atticus, as if she does not know him.
What makes Scout cry while Atticus is talking with her and Jem?
Scout asks her father, “You truly want us to do all that? I can’t keep in mind everything Finches are supposed to do …” To this, Atticus replies, “I don’t want you to remember it. Forget it.” With this declaration, he is confessing that all of the things he simply said broke his own beliefs and versus what he wants his kids to discover. He had stated them just to keep peace with Aunt Alexandra, and it is now apparent that he regrets this action.
How do the last few paragraphs suggest that Atticus was merely following Aunt
Alexandra’s orders which he feels bad about doing so?
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