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Essay On Calpurnia's Relationship In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Throughout the novel, Calpurnia interacts with Scout a lot as they live together and have a caring relationship with each other which allows Cal to teach Scout many important lessons including manners, understanding people and most importantly equality, and allowing her rebel against the Maycomb disease. After Scout beats up Walter Cunningham over a small mishap in the classroom she invites him over for lunch but finds herself questioning his eating styles. After making fun of him for it, Calpurnia teaches Scout an important lesson on manners when she says that it “Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny” (Lee 25). Calpurnia shows her understanding of manners and the differences between the Finches and the Cunninghams…show more content…
This is important to Scout’s development as a character because it improves her ability to judge and read people, which proves too useful later in the novel. When we are introduced a new and changed Jem we see the effects it has on Scout. This is until Calpurnia shows Scout how to cope with it and understand the situation instead of repeating her mistakes when trying to come in contact with Jem. She explains to Scout that “he's gonna want to be off to himself a lot now, doin' whatever boys do” (Lee 153-154). Here Calpurnia intricately plants the idea of the development of Jem as a man which allows Scout to cope with her lonely feeling at times. This is ironic as this helps Scout’s development as well as Jem’s. Calpurnia has many memorable moments in the novel with many important quotes and lessons to teach Scout about understanding and equality which prove to be very important with her character and how it is shaped throughout the novel but they are also other people in her life like Miss Maudie who teaches different but just as important
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