Understanding Miss Maudie

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Miss Maudie's opinions

Overall, Miss Maudie is a considerate woman. One character she was most comfortable around was scout. In the story it says "Often as not, Miss Maudie and I would sit silently on her porch, watching the sky go from yellow to pink as the sun went down, watching flights of martins sweep low over the neighborhood and disappear behind the schoolhouse rooftops." The fact that Scout and Miss Maudie would just sit and watch the sunset shows that they are comfortable around each other. Maudie was also kind to Scouts brother Jem and their friend Dill. Although they weren't as close, she still let them play in her yard as long as they didn't touch her azaleas. Maudie saw Scout's and Jem's father, Atticus, in two different ways. As good lawyer and good friend. "If Atticus Finch drank until he was drunk, he wouldn't be as hard as some men are at their best." "Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets." These two sentences from the story prove to the reader that Miss Maudie didn't think bad of Atticus Finch. Miss Stephanie Crawford on the other hand didn't get all of Miss Maudie's generosity because she was a gossiper and Maudie didn't like that. Even though Miss Maudie wasn't so fond of her, she was basically kind to everyone even if they were strangers.

Harper Lee's reasoning for creating Miss Maudie

Harper Lee created Miss Maudie because he wanted to make a character that treated people right. He wanted a character that was not as mean as Miss Dubose who called Scout ugly. Unlike Miss Dubose, Miss Maudie is kind to the children and the people who lived in her town. A good book always needs a good person in it.