Calpurnia As A Mother Figure Analysis

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I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and I am on page 208. The book is about the young siblings, Scout and Jem Finch, learning how to cope in times with growing up around segregation. I will be evaluating the better mother figure between Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra and characterizing Scout and Atticus Finch.

Calpurnia is a better mother figure than Aunt Alexandra. Calpurnia is a fine mother figure, as she identifies Scout and Jem as her own. For example, when Calpurnia decided to take Scout and Jem to her church, she called Scout “baby” and “honey”. Calpurnia has identified Jem and Scout as her children. “I don’t want anybody sayin’ I don’t look after my children” (Lee 157). In an incident where Jem was teasing Scout, she
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Scout said herself the only time she sees Aunt Alexandra is at mealtimes or before bedtime. When the children do converse with Alexandra, the conversations are often kept short, awkward, and rude. “When I appeared in the doorway, Aunty would look as if she regretted her request” (Lee 176). Scout was constantly reminded of how she feels pleasant with Calpurnia. Calpurnia is a better mother figure than Aunt Alexandra.

The first theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is growing up during hard times. My first person is Scout Finch. At first glance, Scout was perceived as a curious and mean. Scout attempts to be kind to everyone, but any remarks concerning her family were to be good ones. Atticus has spoken to her of learning to have better patience. For example, when Scout was stating to Calpurnia that Atticus never did anything interesting, Calpurnia said “Mr. Finch? Why, he can do lots of things” (Lee 121). Scout was quietly listening as Calpurnia talked to her, neither interrupting. When Jem had left to apologize to Ms. Dubose, Scout had climbed into Atticus’s lap and listened to him talk. Later on, Jem had been telling Scout to leave Atticus alone because he was stressed (due to the Tom
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