Calpurnia Character Analysis

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Calpurnia Character Analysis Calpurnia, or “Cal”, was the Finch’s African-American housekeeper and cook. Her being a black, middle-aged woman in a white dominated society, we can already infer she has experienced great racial injustices. Throughout the novel, we see significant and noticeable changes in the main characters, but scarce development in Calpurnia´s character. Before you discard this essay on what was supposed to be about a chosen character changing due to social and racial injustices throughout the book, give the thesis ample thought. Scout is the narrator of the book, therefore we are seeing changes through her point of view; so we only see Calpurnia changing through the eyes of Scout, but they were not, in…show more content…
Around this time in the book, classmates and neighbors started talking about Atticus defending Tom Robinson. Cal is mellifluous and gentle towards Jem in some instances. For example, after Jem wrecks Mrs. Dubose’s camellia flowers, and the kids were skulking, Calpurnia understood that Jem was distressed, and gave him a hot biscuit-and-butter. One may argue this is the beginning of a change in Calpurnia, but we may look at it as Cal just being a mom. One can refute the argument of change that Scout is just beginning to see the good side of her and why Cal does what she does. She has already gone through the phases with her own children, and know how it is herself growing up. Jem is starting to grow up in the middle of the novel. This is evident by Scout’s overwhelming frustration with Jem in the quote, “His maddening superiority was unbearable these days. He didn’t want to do anything but read and go off by himself.” (Lee 184) Calpurnia, being the experienced mother/caregiver she is, had seen that, and started giving Jem his space, and started calling him “Mister Jem”. Scout realizes Calpurnia is not as awful as she once thought. Scout realizes Calpurnia can be nice when given the chance. During Tom Robinson’s trial, Scout starts to understand the entirety of racial injustice. When Scout encounters the lynch mob outside Tom’s cell before the trial, and she stopped them from hurting Tom by making conversation with and embarrassing Mr. Cunningham, that was when we see
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