Topic 8: Examine and analyze the character Miss Maudie Atkinson. What is her purpose in the novel—why does she exist? How would the story be different without her?
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Miss Maudie Atkinson's purpose in the novel "To Kill a Mocking Bird", is to be a mother figure and influence for the children. She is also wise and mature because she provides guidance so that Jem and Scout can be successful in knowing there community and lives. Miss Maudie helps the children to be mature and have a better understanding of life. She is a caring and respectful person to the children because she invites them over to eat delicious foods. To further illuminate this idea, in chapter five of TKAMB, Miss Maudie states "There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results" she's teaching Scout to care about the people around her and not worry about religion because she's still a kid and needs to experience the world and not focus on something that is still far to come. This goes to show that she gives the children real life lessons so they could be prepared for it in the future. In chapter 22, Miss Maudie tells the children "I've got got all the morning to pass on the porch, Jem Finch, I called to find out if you and your colleagues can eat some cake. Got up at five so you better say yes." Miss Maudie's character is so sweet and she really does act as a mother to them she wakes up in the morning to make them cake and muffins,(how awesome is that!!!). She enjoys having them over everyday because she sees them as family and they do back.If Miss Maudie wasn't included as a character in the book TKAMB it would have an immediate affect on the children and community because no one would see the difference of each other and they wouldn't get to the point where she can teach Jem and Scout life lessons and guiding them in the right way because she is wise and loves to interact with the community.Miss Maudie Atkinson is a character of a mother figure, a guide towards children, a helpful and intelligent lady. Miss Maudie's character can be defined as a lot of helpful things towards people and the community.
Star Who, although miss Maudie shows many motherly characteristics, she lacks some important ones that keep her from truly being a motherly figure to them. she provides the care and affection of a mother, and also shares her wisdom with the kids, but she isn't strict like a mother is. Miss Maudie never really tells Jem and scout no to something. she is really just someone that they can look up to and take advice from. in comparison to somebody like calpurnia, Miss Maudie really isn't a real motherly figure.in fact, the closest she has gotten is probably when she says, " I called to find out if you and your colleagues can eat some cake. Got up at five so you better say yes" (Lee 214). when she says this, she has a slight commanding tone saying they have to come in and eat cake. But then there are people like calpurnia who actually say no to things jem and scout do and scold them when they do something wrong.all in all star who, Miss maudie is'nt a mother, but just a really really good person who is really nice to jem and scout.
the purpose of miss Maudie Atkinson in the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper lee is to be somebody that Jem and Scout can look up to and is always there for them (she is like a member of the family to them). The kids (Jem and scout) are very comfortable around Miss Maudie and she supports them multiple times throughout the story. To the kids, she is family, she even bakes them cakes and is always available for their needs. She also helps the kids understand the community, its conditions, and its people. One examples of Miss Maudie teaching the kids about the community (specifically on Atticus) and the effects of the Tom Robinson trial, she says,"... I thought, Atticus Finch wont win, he cant win, but hes the only man in these parts that can keep a jury out so long on a case like that. And i thought to myself, well, were making a step--its just a baby-step, but its a step" (Lee 216) this line displays many things about Miss Maudie, first, she thinks Atticus is a very good lawyer and is quite wise, secondly, she dislikes racism and feels that going away from it is the way to got. when she talks to scout about things like these, she is only helping scout understand her setting and the people around her better. All in all, Miss Maudie's purpose is to be role model that scout learns from and can always look to for help, and without her, scout would have very different views and ideologies.
I do agree with you Miss Maudie acts like a friend toward Scout and Jem. Miss Maudie becomes close with Jem and Scout and I think that she truly acts like a motherly figure for them.She teaches them many things that Atticus didn't because he's always busy with his job and is never here for them. She teaches them to be inventive in there society. Miss Maudie is an ideal example of a person of integrity.Shes a respectful and kind person to everybody in Maycomb without any judgments and discernment. She sees everyone as equals, and is very reverent to everyone.shes a very open minded person that tries to teach Jem and Scout to understand society better.Shes a very brave and supportive character toward Atticus and the children. To further explain this idea a quote from the book To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee says ''your father's right, she said. ''Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. they don't eat up peoples gardens, don't nest in corn cribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why its a sin to kill a mockingbird'''(Lee90). This is explaining that Miss Maudie shows the quality of being delightful and kind. She doesn't judge anyone but believes that everyone is equal.
i agree peace maker, miss Maudie is clearly a friend for jem and scout, in fact she loves them just as much or even more than her adult friends. she is always very friendly and invites them over for cake and other treats. she also gives them knowledge and wisdom about their neighborhood. she is very protective of the kids and even defends scout when the other women were talking about her (mainly Miss Stephanie); on page 230 scout narrates,"Miss Maudie's hand closed tightly around mine, and i said nothing, its warmth was enough. this shows crystal clear that Miss Maudie is more than just a neighbor for scout, but a friend and somebody who she can count on. it also shows how Miss Maudie doesn't care that scout is just a child, she will still defend scout from people like miss Stephanie. All in all, i find that your claim, Paece maker, is correct and i 100% agree with you.