Tokill a Mocking Bird

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, Truman Capote Pages: 3 (948 words) Published: June 18, 2013
To killlThe writer Harper Lee purposefully created first impressions of the character Aunt Alexandra in the written text To Kill a Mockingbird to deceive or surprise us, as the readers. Our first Impression of Aunt Alexandra is that she is stern, austere and rather sanctimonious. She has a strong commitment to propriety and tradition which often leads to a clash of personality with Scout. This is illustrated when Aunt Alexandra comes to live in Maycomb with Atticus and the children. It is not until the story progresses further that we see her in a more caring, protective and mother like character particularly during the tea party with the news of Tom Robinson’s death and after Scout’s Pageant. When Aunt Alexandra moves to Maycomb friction arises between her and the children particularly when she comments on the way Atticus has raised them. Aunt Alexandra is old fashioned and has the belief that children from a family of such ‘calibre’ as the Finches should act appropriately to the concept. However because Atticus is a single father and Scout’s main female role model has been her Negro house maid Calpurnia, she lacks the behaviour of the standard that has been set for her.  “We decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence.” is the excuse used for why Aunt Alexandra moved in. Because of Scouts lack of femininity Atticus receives a lot of criticism from his sister in which he replied once “Sister, I do my best I can with them!” This is a point in which we see a major contrast in personality between Atticus and his sister. Also Scout made her own observations commenting “It was plain Aunty thought I was dull in the extreme, because I once heard her tell Atticus that I was sluggish.” From this impression of Aunt Alexandra, Harper Lee wanted us to see how the pressures of society forced people to act and conform to stereotypical views. Maybe if the expectations of females had been different we may have seen Aunt Alexandra in a completely...
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