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Chapter 13

Professor Bradley Greenburg from Northeastern Illinois University explains Chapter 13 in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird | Chapter 13 | Summary

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Summary

Aunt Alexandra assumes a leading role in the Finch household and Maycomb society. She tells Atticus he needs to instill proper behavior in Jem and Scout so they can live up to the Finch family name. To appease Alexandra, Atticus tells the children that because they come from a good family they should act accordingly. Jem and Scout are so confused by Atticus's demands that Scout begins to cry. At the sight of his daughter's tears Atticus tells them to forget everything he said.

Analysis

Scout states that Aunt Alexandra fits into Maycomb society like "a hand into a glove" but that she will never fit well into Finch family life. Alexandra, although she means well, is far too traditional in her ways to understand the Finches' outlook. Her concern with keeping up with appearances and society's expectations stands in sharp contrast with Atticus's values and goals.

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