To Kill A Mocking Bird Essay

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Mrs. Lafayette Dubose is conniving because she knows how to hurt people with her words. Mostly everything that Mrs. Dubose says to Scout and Jem is very hurtful. She says exactly what she knows will hurt them the most. As she gets to know the kids better, she learns what they’re proud of or what they strive for, she does her very best to defeat their pride and make them feel ashamed or embarrassed. When Mrs. Dubose was first introduced she started yelling at the kids. Before she even knew them or could understand what amazing kids they were, she judged them and got mad and made them resent her. Jem and Scout were heading to town to buy Jems birthday present. As they walked past Mrs. Dubose’s house, she yells at them and thought they were skipping school and they were way too young to go to town alone. They disagreed and she yelled at them. “Don’t you lie to me!” she yelled. “Jeremy Finch, Maudie Atkinson told me you broke down her scuppernong arbor this morning. She’s going to tell your father and then you’ll wish you never saw the light of day! If you aren’t sent I reform school before next week, my name’s not Dubose!” (Lee, 135) Scout and Jem were doing absolutely nothing wrong. They were just walking to town and minding their own business. Mrs. Dubose on the other hand was sitting on her porch. She had nothing better to do then to pick on two little kids. She knew who they were and how badly they wanted to make their daddy proud. She knew that if she threated to tell their father, they would be so embarrassed and that they messed up. Due to this, Mrs. Lafayette Dubose is very conniving, even though it didn’t affect her at all; she just wanted to hurt the kids. How conniving and intelligent she is also shown when Mrs. Dubose teases Scout. She was not a friendly woman. Scout may be a tad ‘tomboy’ or she may not dress up to Lafayette’s standards but Scout tries to do what she likes. Scout and Jem were just caught walking to town and Mrs. Dubose started yelling at the kids. She started yelling at Jem but ultimately ended up yelling and scaring innocent Scout. “Don’t you contradict me!” Mrs. Dubose bawled “And you-“she pointed an arthritic finger at me- “what are you...

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