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TKAM - Chapter 5

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Describe Miss Maudie Atkinson? How typical is she of Maycomb's women? What do the children think of her?
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Miss Maudie is not really like other women in Maycomb. Miss Maudie thinks for herself and does not gossip with the other women. She is very kind to the children and respects their privacy. The children trust Miss Maudie and respect her yard. Miss Maudie is very kind fo the children and makes them cakes during the summer.

When Miss Maudie's house burns down, she does not become overly upset. Instead she says she will just build a better house. She always looks on the bright side of things.
Miss Maudie tells Scout the truth about Boo Radley. She explains how Boo got in trouble with some teenagers and, in a plea bargain with the judge, was locked up in his father's house for pretty much of his life. Miss Maudie explains how Boo had stabbed his father in the leg with scissors.

Before talking to Miss Maudie, Scout thought that Boo was a freak who ate squirrels and stalked children. Miss Maudie helps Scout understand that Boo is a human being with a sad past.
Dill was lonely. He tells lies because he wants other people to like him and want to spend time with him. The lies he tells are designed to make himself sound interesting, so people will want to be with him. Possibly, he can't face the truth of his own life, either. He bounces around from family member to family member... like no one really wants him around.
Atticus catches the children and orders them to "stop tormenting that man" with either notes or the "Boo Radley" game. As an adult, Atticus can see the real hurt the game may be causing. In a quiet way, he reminds the children that "What Mr. Radley does is his own business." So Atticus has taught the children as lesson about respecting other people. This foreshadows a lesson he will try to to teach the town of of Maycomb by defending Tom Robinson.