Miss Maudie Character Analysis

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Growing up, Scout and her brother Jem learn and adapt to and from their friends and neighbors. Meanwhile, their father, Atticus, is trying his best to keep his children pure and separate from their peers’ actions and bad habits. Throughout the To Kill A Mockingbird, these siblings and their father are usually treated unfairly and inconsiderably. Furthermore, their neighbor Miss Maudie is treated with little respect and no consideration. She is constantly criticized and talked to as if she is lesser, only because she doesn’t fit the image of a typical Christian woman. Over the course of the novel, Scout, Atticus, and Miss Maudie are the victims of a great deal of injustice, as depicted by the actions of the townspeople.…show more content…
Unfortunately for her, Miss Maudie is the exact opposite. She is a widow who has no kids and hates being inside. According to her, “Time spent inside is time wasted!” (Lee 42). Miss Maudie is always working outside in her garden, wearing overalls and getting dirty. Unfortunately for her, in this era, women were to always look their best and be clean. Miss Maudie didn’t. Because of this, the occasional car full of Jehovah’s Witness’ would drive by and call her names in anger, only because she did not always have a bible on hand. Following this exchange, Miss Maudie points out that, “The Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of your father.” (Lee 45). What she means by this is that you don’t have do be physically abused to be abused. In Miss Maudie’s case, the Christians would drive by and verbally abuse her. Over the course of the novel, Scout, Atticus, and Miss Maudie are victims of a great deal of injustice, as depicted by the actions of the townspeople. Even so, these three characters in To Kill A Mockingbird seem to pull themselves through the war between themselves and the people they interact with. This novel is focused on injustice and how to cope with it and to not just ignore it and somehow, in time, find justice in the
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