Sunday, May 1, 2011

Chapters 4-5: What can you infer about Miss Maudie's character based on the clues in the novel

Miss Maudie is a character who was elaborated upon by in the novel chapter 6 where Scout gets to know her better. They have become friends by the end of the chapter because Scout has realized that she is a very interesting person. When Jem and Dill start excluding Scout from what they do Miss Maudie is the one person Scout can talk to when she is alone. Miss Maudie seems like a kind person to let the Finchs play on her property and make cakes for them. She also seems a it stern when Scout is questioning her about Boo Radley. She seems lonely tending to her floweres but she is very happy when she has someone to talk to that she goes even bakes Scout, Jem and Dill cakes.

Her house acts like a sanctuary for Scout when Jem and Dill are excluding her from their activities which was something Scout seemed to take for granted when the first thing she forces her way into to do with Jem and Dill has them in trouble, but it doesn't seem that Scout is in as much trouble. Miss Maudie is a good influence on Scout so far but will Miss Maudie force Jem and SCout apart as friends and siblings? Is Miss Maudie going to help Jem and Scout's relationship? Is Miss Maudie a reflection on how Scout will turn out out be when she is that age?


  1. If Jem and Scout do grow apart, I do not believe it will be because of Miss Maudie. She is only trying to give Scout a friend and answers the questions she asks. I do not think Miss Maudie has an intention of making their relationship a negative. The reason why they would grow apart would be because of age or gender. As siblings grow older they begin to like different things and don't always want to be attached to their sibling. I think Scout looks up to Miss Maudie and could eventually turn out like her, which isn't a bad thing. Scout even said, "Miss Maudie, your the best lady I know. Miss Maudie knows what she wants and will not let anything or anyone get in her way. She doesn't let men tell her what to do, and I believe Scout admires her for these qualities.

  2. From the characterization of Miss Maudie, we can infer that she is someone who goes against the grain of Maycomb County a tiny bit, but does so in subtle ways. For example, she tries to quell Scout's rumors about the Radleys on page 61, dismissing the speculation with "The things that happen to people we never really know." Miss Maudie does many small things that mark her as not the most conformist of Maycombers: she hates the confinement of her house and strongly prefers gardening; she appears to prefer children to adults; she scorns the rumors about Boo Radley, and she thinks Miss Stephanie Crawford and the other gossips are "scolds".
    Although the time Scout spends with Miss Maudie is time not spent with Jem, this seems healthy because Jem doesn't want to spend time with Scout in the first place. I think that talking and receiving the advice and opinions of Miss Maudie will educate Scout so she will seem like less of a kid sister to Jem. The next time Jem spends time with Scout, he will see that she is becoming more mature. Why do you think that Harper Lee has Miss Maudie act the way she does, i.e. differently -- why is Miss Maudie introduced at this point in the story?

  3. Miss Maudie is definitely someone different. Scout simply sees her as someone who she can talk to, when she is being excluded. I do not believe that Miss Maudie is, or will ever separate Scout, and Jem. Like Cara said, if they do separate it will be from something other than Miss Maudie, and Scouts relationship. On the contrary i do not thing that it will necessarily help the situation. It does have the potential to stop the separation though, because Scout wont feel completely left out, and she will have her own person to talk to. As for will Scout grow up to be like Miss Maudie. I think that if she stays the way she is now, then yes. but odds are she will change at some point, therefore maybe not in the long run.