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To Kill a Mockingbird (character Analyzation)

character- Aunt Alexandra

Diana Brutsky

on 28 May 2016

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Aunt Alexandra
To Kill a Mockingbird Character Analysis
Why is Aunt Alexandra in the novel?
The Literal and Figurative Role of Aunt Alexandra in This Novel
What does Aunt Alexandra symbolize?
-To bring Atticus, Jem, and Scout together

-Show us what the Finch family is like

-To show us how important a mother's role is, in a family
-High-class society during the Great Depression

-Old Southern motherhood

-She gives a lot of importance to the values and morals of the story
"Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a glove, but never into the world of Jem and me" (175).

It was published on July 11, 1960.
...in the
late 1950's.
To Kill a Mockingbird
was written by...
...Harper Lee...
Aunt Alexandra
By: Brianna Wilcox and
Diana Brutsky

DON'T Kill Mockingbirds
-Been with the Finch's ever since Jem's and Scout's mother died
-Tom boyish
-African American
-Wants Jem and Scout to behave and look good when going out
-Is with the Finch's as a maid/nanny
-Wants Jem and Scout to enjoy their childhood
-Stricter mother
-Believes Tom didn't do anything wrong and doesn't deserve his punishment
Aunt of Jem and Scout Finch.
The sister of Atticus Finch.
Figurative Role:
She is trying to take over the role of a mother.
She wants to teach Scout how to behave like a "Finch" and she wants to have a feminine influence on Scout.
Literal Role:
The conflicts of this novel are mainly:
-The inequality between
blacks and whites.
-The evil side to human
Aunt Alexandra heightens Calpurnia's story:
Aunt Alexandra
"We decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence. It won't be many years, Jean Louise, before you become interested in clothes and boys-" (170)
This quote means that Aunt Alexandra adjusted very easily to the life of Maycomb and into the neighborhood gossip, but not into the Finch family's life.
-Strong feminine figures
-Do chores
-Build up strong relationships with Jem and Scout
-Respect Atticus
-Truthful and Proper
-Behave like mothers
-Try to keep Jem and Scout out of trouble
-Role models and have authority over Jem and Scout
Key points
1. Calpurnia took Jem and Scout to church:
Aunt Alexandra was not happy when she heard this because she is against Calpurnia. This is shown in chapter 14: Aunt Alexandra says, "We don't need her now" (182). Aunt Alexandra wants to dismiss Calpurnia because she feels that Calpurnia isn't good for Jem and Scout. Aunt Alexandra feels that Calpurnia is teaching Jem and Scout the wrong ways in life. Although Calpurnia is like a mother to Jem and Scout, Aunt Alexandra feels she could do a better job of being a mother for Jem and Scout.
2. Trial of Tom Robinson:
Aunt Alexandra believed that Tom had committed the raping of Mayella. Aunt Alexandra believed Tom deserved his punishments and that he is going to be proven guilty no matter what. She thinks this because Tom is an African American and is lower (in society) than Mr. Ewell because Mr. Ewell is white.
-Was rarely seen with Atticus, Jem, and Scout
-Wants Jem and Scout to behave all the time
-Is living with Atticus, Jem, and Scout, so the kids will have a feminine influence in their lives
- Wants Jem and Scout to live up their last name and become more mature
-Layed back as a mother
-Thinks Tom is guilty for his actions and deserves a punishment
3.Tom is found guilty:
Aunt Alexandra thought Tom deserved his punishment, but after she looks at the trail in Jem and Scouts point of view she understands that she was wrong before. She knew she was wrong for thinking Tom was bad news and that he deserved a punishment. When she looks at it in the kids point of view she understand them more.
4. Scout saves Tom from being killed by the men at the town jail:
When the mob went to kill Tom at the town jail they could have easily killed Atticus too, but Scout ran out at the right time to stop any violence from happening. On page 203 and 204 Atticus said, "Go home Jem" and "Please Jem, take them home". At this time Scout saw Mr. Cunningham and started talking to him. While talking to him Scout brought all the men back to reality. They left and no one was harmed. Aunt Alexandra said, "Children who slip out at night were a disgrace to the family" (209), but she never knew that Mr. Underwood left and Atticus could have been hurt if it wasn't for Scout. Aunt Alexandra was worried about Jem and Scout, and was trying to keep them safe.
5.Jem and Scout being attacked my Mr. Ewell:
Aunt Alexandra was worried when she saw Jem unconscious and Scout running in the house with no clothes or shoes. At this time Aunt Alexandra shows that she is a good mother when she brings Scout her britches instead of a dress. At this time she is grateful that they are okay and that all of them are together and safe.
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