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Being a single parent is challenging but parental figures are essential to every growing child In To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Finch has to balance spending time with his kids with his town and work duties Harper Lee uses characters like Calpurnia Aunt Alexandra and Miss Maudie to illustrate how various members of the community are needed to help ensure the future generation is adroitOne job of a parent or a parental figure is to pass manners culture and important values that the children will remember and use throughout their lives Aunt Alexandra teaches manners when she casts a firm disapproval to Scout and conveys a gentle apology to Cousin Lily who Scout was impolite to without realizing 176 If Aunt Alexandra had straight out said that Scout is doing the wrong thing it wouldve embarrassed her and made her feel guilty By silently showing Scout that she is being rude she made a lasting impression on her along with righting her behavior Aunt Alexandra also helps Scout mature and acts as a feminine influence 170 Aunt Alexandra had a campaign to teach Scout to be a lady and she invited Scout to join the ladies of Maycomb for refreshments 370 Scout wears her pink Sunday dress and petticoat instead of her usual overalls 370 The feminine influence is working in teaching Scout the customs expected of girls during this time period Whether Scout wants to grow up to be like her Aunt it is a useful skill that she will need during her lifetime Aunt Alexandra lastly tries to teach the kids the Finch Family customs and expectations Scout learns that even though some people are good folks they arent the Finchs kind of folks 299 Walter Cunningham will never be like Jem and Aunt Alexandra claims Finch women arent interested in that sort of people 300 Here Scout is learning that sometimes family views get in the way of friends and whether she
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