To Kill A Mockingbird Calpurnia Quotes

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Playing outside on a sunny blue skied day, the wind softly rustles in the leaves as the hot sunshine flows through the trees. The smell of sweet cut grass fills the air, and then a hint of something else. What could it be? Following the trail of enticing smells, a call rings through the air “Lunch is ready!” Blissful heaven. A meal prepared with love and care is soon to come, and a refreshing honey filled drink is soon to quench a parched mouth caused from the dry heat. A tender smile is received from a kind face and a new moment has been engraved into the mind. A memory of the innocent kindness one receives from their mother or caregiver. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee arguably has many different views about the importance of a female …show more content…

The-one-and-only Calpurnia from To Kill A Mockingbird fills that void in Scout’s life, fulfilling the maternal role in her life. The biggest maternal influences Calpurnia provides Scout with is the ability to to be an involved caregiver , the ability to guide and educated her , and the ability to teach her to be a tough and poised woman. Sometimes, Miss Maudie and Aunt Alexandra are seen as being stronger influences against Calpurnia but it is not a valid argument. The author’s portrayal of Calpurnia proves her to be a mother to Scout in several different ways including the care, patience, and skill, shown in the book. Care and dedication have proved to be the true love shown to the children in this story between both father Atticus and caregiver Calpurnia. It is simple to see that Calpurnia cares for Scout very much in her own way that is very different from some of the other characters in the book. “Calpurnia bent down and kissed me. I ran along, wondering what had come over her. She had wanted to make up with me, that was it. She had always been too hard on me, she had at last seen the error of her fractious ways, she was sorry and too stubborn to say so” (Lee 3.75). Due to Scout’s childlike perspective she often misinterprets Calpurnia’s softer …show more content…

Some readers may debate that Scout's Aunt Alexandra’s influences has a stronger effect on her, but those people might not take into account all of the negative effects she had on Scouts mentality. "Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn't supposed to be doing things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra's vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father's lonely life" (Lee 81). Aunt Alexandra constantly wanted Scout to be something she was not simply to fit into the typical southern woman mold. Atticus tells Scout that the southern woman expectations are a “polite fiction” because they are an unrealistic expectation that the southern community excepted all women to reach. Aunt Alexandra had positive influence at times such as these, “ Aunt Alexandra looked across the room at me and smiled. She looked at a tray of cookies on the table and nodded at them. I carefully picked up the tray and watched myself walk to Mrs. Merriweather. With my best company manners, I asked her if she would have some. After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I” (Lee

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