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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The message Calpurnia was trying to get across was that although Walter might be poor, you should not treat him like he is something less. Since Scout is young, she fails to understand this lesson in the moment, but realizes this later on in the novel when she is an adult reflecting back at how everything has impacted her. Atticus also teaches Scout about courtesy. This is a big part of the novel because she understands this lesson as she
Calpurnia has feared safety for the children. She fears what would happen to Atticus’s children if she sat in the front of Atticus’s car. Mr. Uele already has a close watch on Atticus since Atticus is defending Tom Robinson that was accused of raping, beating, and taking advantage of Mr. Ewell’s daughter Mayella. Calpurnia is afraid of what Mr. Ewell might do if he saw her in the front of Atticus’s car. He would have either gone after her or attacked Atticus’ children for revenge on Atticus for accepting or being open minded with colored people.
First of all Calpurnia is very responsible, yet fun with the children. Calpurnia also provided more culture and knowledge for the children to experience while she takes care of them. These fun characteristics have been displayed when Calpurnia was trying to distract Scout, because Dill and Jem would not let her play with them. Another time this side of her was revealed was when Calpurnia rewarded Scout with a “an open-faced sandwich of bread and butter and sugar.” Lastly, Calpurnia also helps the kids work things out, so that they do not fight as much.
Calpurnia is a Mother figure to Jem and Scout Calpurnia is a cook hired by Atticus. This is uncommon in the town of Maycomb since Calpurnia is a coloured woman and Atticus is a white man. Atticus has two kids, Jem and Scout whom Calpurnia not only cooks and cleans for, but also is involved in their life outside the home. Since Jem and Scout’s mother passed away when they were young, and Atticus needs to work, Calpurnia acts as a mother to the children, and a friend to Atticus.
Atticus had Aunt Alexandra come stay with them because he felt Scout didn’t act feminine enough and the family was being judged for it. Scout gets scolded and made fun of a lot for being a tomboy and not fitting into the standards for girls. She has done nothing wrong, yet she still gets treated
Atticus treats her with respect and dignity, and even sees her as a mother figure to his children. When Atticus is out of town, Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to a black church, and Scout says, “Atticus seemed to enjoy it,” (Lee 181). Then when Aunt Alexandra gets upset about Calpurnia taking them there and says “…You’ve got to do something about her. You’ve let things go on too long Atticus, too long,’” (Lee 182).
In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch is one of the main characters. Atticus Finch is the fifty year old father of Jean Louise Finch and Jeremy Atticus Finch. He is Maycomb’s lawyer and is defending a black man named Tom Robinson who was accused of rape by Robert Ewell and Mayella Ewell. Atticus Finch’s first three priorities are honor, respect, and acceptance.
Taylor McAllister Period 3 11.08.16 TKAMB Essay Thesis- Injustice and ignorance can be shown through the narrow-mindedness of people, such as Mayella Ewell, Aunt Alexandria, and the even the town of Maycomb. To kill a Mockingbird shows and depicts many characters and the attitude toward life, Tom Robinson, and the people in the town of Maycomb. Injustice is shown throughout and complimented by that is narrow-mindedness. Some of the characters show that narrow-mindedness and ignorance can take a toll on how maycomb operates.
The concept of sexism is a more obscure and hidden idea in the story. This topic is developed and is typically caused by Aunt Alexandra with her making negative comments about Scout saying things similar to what she says in this quote on pages 92 and 93 “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. I suggested that one could be a ray of sunshine in pants just as well, but Aunty said that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year.”
Calpurnia considered Jem and Scout as her own children and poured out her love to them. One Sunday, when Jem and Scout had to go to church with Calpurnia, she says “I don’t want anybody sayin’ I don’t look after my children,” (157). Her word reveals that she sees Jem and Scout as her own children. Also, Calpurnia’s behavior to the children proves that she loved Jem and Scout. The love toward Jem and Scout motivated Calpurnia to feed and teach them.
Calpurnia is known to be humble, motherly, and defensive. Calpurnia is a very humble person. She speaks little of her personal life, or any achievements she may have accomplished in the past. When Scout goes with Calpurnia to church she discovers that Calpurnia lives a separate, intriguing life outside of the Finch's home. Scout states, "That Calpurnia led a modest double life never dawned on me."
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the character Calpurnia is a valuable member of the Finch family and is vital to their well-being. The first instance this is seen is when Calpurnia supplies Scout with some much need discipline after she had been rude to Walter Cunningham at the dinner table. Calpurnia tells Scout: “That boy's yo' comp'ny and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let him, you hear?”
In the book, Calpurnia is such a large part of the kids lives. Scout hangs around with her, and sees Calpurnia as the female influence in her life. Calpurnia is the one Scout goes to for someone to talk to when she can’t talk to Atticus. So, when they take away the amount of Calpurnia 's existence in the film, it eliminates part of Scouts background. It is almost like you don 't get to know the whole sum of Scouts life without Calpurnia in the movie.
When Calpurnia is scared she is still able to comfort Scout such as a mother would to her child by saying, “‘Don’t you fret,’ Calpurnia whispered to me, but the roses on her hat trembled indignantly,” (Lee, 158). When it is clear that Calpurnia and Scout have no relation, whatsoever, she still is able to reassure her. She continually proves her solicitude towards Scout by teaching her about what goes on in the world and by caring about her well being, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Calpurnia knows that they would not be connected other than the fact that she works for them and has to watch over them. Nevertheless, Calpurnia goes above and beyond when she decided to take their own needs before her own, by comforting them and not letting them worry about something, when she is clearly worried herself.
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 28). As it's stated in the quote that Calpurnia is hard on Scout, but it is out of love for her that she is hard on them. She just wants the kids to grow up and have the best life that they can. Calpurnia had been in their life when their mother died.