To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 11: Mrs. Dubose Analysis

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 11

This lesson plan, centered around Chapter 11 of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is specifically crafted to delve into the intricacies of character analysis, with a primary focus on Mrs. Dubose. After a detailed reading and discussion of the chapter, students will embark on an in-depth exploration of Mrs. Dubose’s character, utilizing the Mrs. Dubose Character Analysis Worksheet. This worksheet guides students through various aspects of her character, including her physical description, personality traits, interactions with other characters, and the moral lessons she embodies. Students will also examine key quotes by and about Mrs. Dubose, her symbolisms, and her role in the overall narrative. The lesson aims to enhance students’ skills in character analysis and critical thinking, while also encouraging them to draw connections between the characters and the broader themes of the novel. This comprehensive approach to character study will enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances present in Harper Lee’s classic work.

Learning Goals

  • I will be able to analyze and understand the complexity of Mrs. Dubose’s character.
  • I will be able to identify and articulate the moral lessons and personal challenges presented through Mrs. Dubose’s character.
  • I will be able to engage in personal reflection about Mrs. Dubose, expressing my views and sympathies towards her character, and critically assess her contribution to the overall message and themes of To Kill a Mockingbird.



  1. Look over the student instructions with the students.
  2. Read Chapter 11.
  3. Have students complete the handout.

Mrs. Dubose Character Analysis

1. Character Description

Physical Description: Describe Mrs. Dubose’s physical appearance as depicted in the chapter.
Personality Traits: List the key personality traits of Mrs. Dubose. Provide examples from the text to support each trait.

2. Key Quotes

Direct Quotes by Mrs. Dubose: List and analyze at least two quotes directly spoken by Mrs. Dubose.
Quotes About Mrs. Dubose: List and analyze two quotes about Mrs. Dubose spoken by other characters.

3. Character Interactions

Mrs. Dubose and Jem: Describe their interactions. What do these interactions reveal about her character?
Mrs. Dubose and Atticus: How does Atticus interact with Mrs. Dubose? What does this tell us about her character and Atticus’s character?

4. Moral Lessons and Challenges

Moral Lessons: What moral lessons does Mrs. Dubose’s character present to Jem and Scout?
Personal Challenges: What personal challenges does Mrs. Dubose face, and how do they impact her character?

5. Symbols and Metaphors

Symbolism of Camellias: Discuss the symbolism of Mrs. Dubose’s camellias in the story.

6. Character Development and Changes
Perception Over Time:

How does your perception of Mrs. Dubose change from the beginning to the end of the chapter? What events lead to these changes?

7. Personal Reflections
Personal Views:

Write about your personal feelings towards Mrs. Dubose. Do you sympathize with her? Why or why not?

8. Discussion Questions
Courage and Character:

Do you think Mrs. Dubose is a courageous character? Why?

9. Critical Thinking

Character’s Contribution: In what ways does Mrs. Dubose’s character contribute to the overall message of “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

10. Creative Extension
Creative Task (Optional):

Write a diary entry from Mrs. Dubose’s perspective or a letter to her from one of the main characters, reflecting on their interactions.

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