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Miss Maudie Character Analysis

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“She was a widow, a chameleon lady…” Page 56

This demonstrates that Miss Maudie is very sharp-witted. As a chameleon knows their surroundings and blends into it, Miss Maudie knows the people she is with and acts accordingly. Her ability to recognize how she needs to act during different scenarios also demonstrates her deep knowledge of the residents of Maycomb County and their world and political views.

“Her speech was crisp for a Maycomb County inhabitant. She called us by all our names…” Page 57

This shows the respect that Miss Maudie treats other people and in this case children with. As a child, being called by your full name signified bad behaviour or the formality of the occasion. Being called by your full name when you were not
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During this era, most women would not critique anything about men and their lifestyles because of the superiority that men held over women. She says it as it is and does not sugar coat the reality of things in Maycomb. She recognizes that stretching the truth to make people seem better than they really are will not teach Scout about the town she is living in. Most adults would never be that honest or blunt with a child about such a mature subject, but Miss Maudie is the kind of person to be honest no matter her audience.

“But while no one with a grain of sense trusted Miss Stephanie, Jem and I had considerable faith in Miss Maudie. She had never told on us, had played cat-and-mouse with us, she was not at all interested in our private lives. She was our friend.” Page 59

This points out how even though Miss Maudie was an adult, a child still found her to be trustworthy enough to say things that she did not want Atticus to hear. Even though children are taught to trust adults, they are also taught that the adult will do something about the situation, which ends in consulting of the parents. It really says something about Miss Maudie that a child considers her to be a trustworthy friend, just as they would do with a child their own age.

“Miss Maudie looked around, and the shadow of her old grin crossed her face. ‘Always wanted a smaller
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