To Kill a Mocking Bird

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Erica Gillum
English composition
Mrs.Kilgour
November 1, 2012
To Kill a Mocking Bird

The book To Kill A Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee, takes readers on a journey though Scout Finch's childhood. In the book, Scout, who lives in a racist town in Southern Alabama with her father Atticus and brother jem, must learn to deal witht the unjust jerdict of a black man accused of rape, a mysterious neighboor, and all of normal childhood trials all children go through. In the book there are three diffrent women, Miss Maudie Atkinson, Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandria. These women play an impotant part in the book they are very stong independent women but there personality's are far from being the same.

Miss Maudie lives across the street from the Finch's. She is a widow, but she isnt upset all the time. She's a very optimistic person and is obsessed with her garden she hated her house, and every second inside of it she seemed to waste her time. When the house burned down, she was actually happy to know that she could have more garden space. She was a baptist, but she wasn't very religious. Religious people always passed by the house all the time and she didn't like it to well. When the black man was accused of raping Mayella Ewell she does not go to the trial because she says its a “ roman carnival”. She became very close to Scout and Jem and begin to grow and wants to become more distant. Miss Maudie helps the children understand the world around them and helps them grow to be good people.

Calpurnia was the Finch's cook and housekeeper. Atticus treated her with respect and almost as if she was apart of the family. She aslo helped the children with the rules and gave them more grief than most parents would give thie own children. She helped bring them up when Atticus couldn't raise them by himself. She acted as a mother to Scout and Jem. She also took them to her church once. Scout realized that Calpurnia talked differently when she was in the black church....
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