Miss Maudie's Insights

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Throughout the entire novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Maudie Atkinson has been extremely insightful on many events in the town, and on Mr. Atticus Finch. Miss Maudie is one who respects others, such as when the group of ladies is sitting in Atticus’ house and are criticizing Atticus while eating his food. All but Miss Maudie.

Maudie respects Atticus and has said that he is “the same in his house as he is on the public streets” (46). She is saying that he is civilized in his heart and knows right from wrong in all situations. Atticus is as fair to his fellow adults as he is to his children. He believes that equality is essential and so does Miss Maudie.

Her morals are similar to Atticus, where Maudie knows that a fair chance is a basic right that everyone is entitled to. She is constantly teaching Jem and Scout these things, when Atticus has no time to verbally. She is evaluating Atticus as a wise and well-balanced man and wants Jem and Scout to follow in his footsteps.

I agree with Miss Maudie. I believe that Atticus constantly puts everyone’s best interests first, even if the people don’t think so. Especially when setting examples for his children, Atticus does things that the children don’t always want. When he suggested to stop playing the Boo Radley game, they did not listen and continued because they wanted to. But Atticus knew that it would be safer to stop and was considering the broader picture: the racism in the town of Maycomb.

Miss Maudie agrees with Atticus’ morals and teachings because she believes and tries to enforce the same. When Atticus wanted Jem to read to Mrs. Dubose he didn’t want to punish Jem, he just wanted him to get to know Mrs. Dubose and then understand the reasons for her mean streaks. Both Atticus and Maudie have hidden reasons behind their punishments and behavior. I agree with how Maudie perceives Atticus and his personality shines brightly in the book.
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