Miss Maudie aka " The Loving Lady "
Miss Maudie's Opinion
Miss Maudie thinks the children are good and she respects them. She cares for them and treats them like individuals. For example, "she called us by all our names." Her opinion of Stephanie Crawford is opposite of her opinion of the kids. She dislikes her and thinks she gossips too much. "What did you do, Stephanie, move over in the bed and make room for him?" is what she replied when Stephanie claimed Boo Radley was looking at her through her bedroom window. She calls her out on how she was lying. She likes the kids a lot better than Stephanie.
Why has Harper Lee included Miss Maudie as a main character?
Haper Lee included Miss Maudie in the story "To Kill a Mockingbird" because she gives insights about Boo Radley. She knew him when he was younger and says he was always nice to her. "He always spoke nicely to me, no matter what folks say he did. Spoke as nicely as he knew how." If Harper Lee wouldn't have put Miss Maudie in the story, we wouldn't know some things about Boo Radley. She tells it all to Scout, who will probably tell it all to Jem and Dill. She says "if he's not crazy, he should be by now." Almost everything we know about Boo Radley is from her.