To Kill a Mockingbird

How do Scout and Jem feel when Aunt Alexandra comes to stay with them? Why do they feel this way?


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Scout and Jem, for most of the novel, don't really like Aunt Alexandra. Their Aunt comes from the old southern school of etiquette. She does not approve of how Atticus is raising his children. She feels that they have far too much freedom to play and state their opinions. Aunt Alexandra feels that Scout, in particular, does not act like a proper young lady.

The children have been used to quite a relaxed way of life under the care of Atticus and Calpurnia. Atticus speaks to his children in a very adult way, and allows them to ask questions. He is very patient with the learning process that Jem and Scout have to go through, and teaches them patiently and calmly. Aunt Alexandra tries to mould the children into the stereotype of the Southern lady or gentleman, and the children are frustrated and exasperated at her restrictive ways.