To Kill a Mockingbird

How would you describe the relationship between Atticus and Aunt Alexandra? How does Scout make sense of the differences between Atticus and Alexandra?

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Aunt Alexandra represents old Southern attitudes towards heritage, race and family relations. Aunt Alexandra's views typify the general consensus of traditional assumptions held by the Maycomb community. She introduces the idea of "Fine Folks" to Scout, who will be forever perplexed about what criteria are used to determine whether or not a family fits this category. According to Aunt Alexandra's way of thinking, dishonesty and inferiority are traits somehow genetically endemic to the entire race. Aunt Alexandra begins trying to form Scout into a proper Southern girl, and meets with much opposition. She has a strong idea of what Finch women should be like, based upon years of family tradition, and tries to impose this onto Scout. In this way, Scout is also a victim of this old-fashioned system for judging individuals, and as Aunt Alexandra tries to mold her into the image of Southern femininity, she gets a clear taste of what it is like to be held up to a stereotyped identity rather than being allowed to simply be herself. Scout slowly begins to understand why Atticus and his sister differ in their attitudes. By the end of the story, Scout can even see similarities between the two.