Describe the importance of Calpurnia in the lives of the Finch family,

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Describe the importance of Calpurnia in the lives of the Finch family, and in the novel as a whole. Calpurnia is more than just a family cook to the Finch’s. She also acts as the mother to Jem and Scout by helping to bring them up, teaching them right from wrong, disciplining them and comforting them when they were upset because their mother died when they were very young. She has worked for the Finch’s for a very long time and has a very firm control over the children which causes Scout to resent her. Atticus trusts and supports Calpurnia because he considers her as a very important member of the family. For example he says “Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I…show more content…
Calpurnia is intelligent and is one of the few Negroes in Maycomb who can read and write. She even taught Scout how to write by setting her tasks like copying a passage from the bible to keep her quite when she was board, so she is important in teaching the children. She lives two lives, one working for the Finch family who are white, and another at her home with her fellow Negroes. She acts and speaks differently around her friends and the children find this very surprising when they find out. Some of the main themes in To Kill a Mockingbird are Courage, Family, Prejudice and Hatred and I think Calpurnia is important in all of these themes. Calpurnia gives the children courage by telling them not to worry and that every thing will be alright for instance during the time of the court case and the leading up to it she told them to stay strong and not to listen to what people are saying about Atticus or the way he’s bringing Jen and Scout up. Also when she took the children to church she had the courage to stand up to her fellow Negro (Lula) who didn’t want the white children in the Black church and said to her “they’s my comp’ny” and “It’s the same God, ain’t it?”. This made Lula annoyed so she went away and didn’t say another word. She is very important in the family theme because she is part of the Finch family and she is also part of the Negro family so in the novel she shows how you can be part of two different kinds of families
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