Jean Louise 'Scout'


Aunt Alexandra is Atticus' sister. She is a well mannered Southern woman who believes that her family and herself should associate with certain types of people in the community. She criticizes Atticus for letting Scout 'run wild' and when she moves into their home during Tom Robinson's trial, Alexandra urges Scout to wear dresses and become a more respectable young woman.

  • Strict.
  • Old Fashioned.
  • Respectable.
  • Social Climber.
  • Proper.
  • Critical.
  • Feminist.
  • Conformist.
  • Upper-class
  • Superior.

Aunt Alexandra Quotes:
"'Don't be silly, Jean Louise,' said Aunt Alexandra.
'The thing is, you can scrub Walter Cunningham till he shines, you can put him in shoes and a new suit, but he'll never be like Jem. Besides, there's a drinking streak in that family a mile wide. Finch women aren't interested in that sort of people.'"

Insider or outsider:
Aunt Alexandra is an insider in the novel as she is well associated with many social groups throughout Maycomb. She is a well respected member of the community.

Essential Questions:
Aunt Alexandra is related to the question "How does fear and ignorance affect society?" She is fearful of change and times changing of the rights of black people. She is frightened if the rights diffeerentiate her social status may change. She is also very ignorant of this change as she is more concerned with the petty issues of maycomb.