Miss Maudie Atkinson from to Kill a Mockingbird

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Miss Maudie Atkinson

Upon reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I discovered that there are many different characters that require attention. While getting to know all about these characters, I began to try and relate myself to them. All the main ones, such as Atticus, Jem and Scout, are easier to relate to due to their huge part of this novel. There are many other characters that have a very large impact on this book that do not get enough praise as deserved. One of these people is Miss Maudie Atkinson. Although she is sporadically placed throughout the entire novel, I feel that she has a large part in Scout’s understanding of what goes on around her. I felt that I could relate to her the most. In the following, I will describe exactly what Miss Maudie does for this novel and how I can compare and contrast myself to her in many ways.

Miss Maudie enters this novel in Chapter 5 where she has now become one of Scouts friends in the neighborhood. Although Scout and Jem have know her for a while, Scout becomes close with her this summer because it seems that Dill and Jem have their own agenda and do not include Scout as much. Scout makes this clear when she states “Until Jem and Dill exclude me from their plans, she was only another lady in the neighborhood, but a relativity benign presence”. (Lee 56) Miss Maudie is a woman of nature that seems to hate when she is inside of her house. She agrees to let the children play in her yard as long as they don’t cause any problems. To me this shows that she must have a certain understanding and possible love for children. She treats all of them equally and like they are full grown adults. She doesn’t candy coat anything when it comes to the children. I find that I can relate myself to this aspect of her being because of my love for children and understanding of them. The way she treats the children is exactly how I would treat children of my own and of the neighborhood.

Miss Maudie also provides a...
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