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Unformatted text preview: Aunt Alexandra and Miss Maudie are roughly the same age and grew up as neighbors at Finch's Landing. But for all the background these women share, they couldn't be more opposite. Lee uses the contrasts between these two characters to further delineate the theme of tolerance in To Kill a Mockingbird . Aunt Alexandra is very conscious of Maycomb's social mores, chooses to live within its constrictions, and "given the slightest chance she would exercise her royal prerogative: she would arrange, advise, caution, and warn." Even her clothing is tight and restrictive. Miss Maudie, on the other hand, sets herself towards the outside of Maycomb's conventionality. Like Atticus, she stays within bounds, but follows her own code. Although Miss Maudie is quick to welcome Aunt Alexandra as her new neighbor, she's also quick to take her to task. When Aunt Alexandra states, "'I can't say I approve of everything he does, Maudie, take her to task....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
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