top-rated free essay

To Kill a Mockingbird Character Analysis Calpurnia

By becky27293 Mar 27, 2009 333 Words
To Kill a Mockingbird Character Analysis ' Calpurnia

Calpurnia is a key character in To Kill a Mockingbird, she shows the children the true side of coloured people and that they shouldn’t believe everything they hear about her community. She comes off as a gruff character but throughout the novel, a kind hearted, caring character is revealed. Even though she tries very hard to show the children that black and white people are equal she acts differently when she is interacting with black or white people making it very difficult for Jem and Scout to listen to her.

The first time Calpurnia is shown to the reader, ‘she was all angles and bones; her hand was as hard as a bed slat and twice as hard.’ Scout tells us that she is the motherly figure of the Finch family, ‘I’ll tell Calpurnia on you,’ and that she is very hard on the children, ‘I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember.’ As Jem and Scout get older, Calpurnia becomes more benevolent and compassionate towards them.

Calpurnia also attempts to teach the children not to be racist. She takes the Finches to the black church and acts like it’s nothing special despite what other people may say, ‘you ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillum here ' they got their church, we got our’n.’

Irrespective of her best efforts to teach the Finches that black and white people are equal and the same, Calpurnia has a split personality one for when she is around white people and one when she is around black people. Scout realises this, ‘I thought her voice strange,’

Calpurnia’s character shows that even though she tries her hardest to close the gap between the two races. The way she acts subconsciously shows how different the two societies are. Actions speak louder than words and Calpurnia’s actions show that it will take lots of time and dedication to integrate Maycomb County.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Character Analysis of Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird

    ...To Kill a Mockingbird In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Calpurnia has become the motherly figure in Scout’s life by teaching her lessons, morals and values. Calpurnia taught Scout to write when she was bored on a rainy day “Calpurnia was to blame for this…then copying out a chapter of the bible beneath” (p24). This show...

    Read More
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Character Analysis

    ...TKAM There are many people in To Kill a Mockingbird that have significant influences of Scout and Jem's actions. The two that stood out boldly to me, however, were Atticus and Calpurnia. Atticus, being the children's father, tought his kids many moral lessons. Calpurnia acted as a mother to Jem and Scout. Throughout every chapter these t...

    Read More
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Character Analysis

    ...Character Analysis Atticus Atticus is the father of Jem and Scout. He gives them almost raise themselves, he gives them a lot of freedom. Atticus has equal respect for all people. By this example he is also not racist. He is independent, not a follower. He always leads his children and others by example, he is not a coward, nor a hypocrite. ...

    Read More
  • Character Analysis in to Kill a Mockingbird

    ...Character Analysis in To Kill a Mockingbird One of the main themes in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is the contemplation of human behavior. This book asks the question of human goodness and answers it with the childhood experiences of Scout and Jem Finch. Scout and Jem are introduced to prejudice and cruelty throughout the book, and Scou...

    Read More
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Character Analysis Essay

    ...Essay Prompt: In a 1-2 page character analysis, explain what makes Atticus such a good parent, using quotes and evidence from the text to back up your claims. The Most Memorial Parent In 2003, the American Film Institute chose Atticus Finch, a respectful, dignity attorney from To Kill a Mockingbird, as the greatest hero in 100 years of film ...

    Read More
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Character Analysis

    ...After reading Harper Lee's novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, I was particularly drawn toward one protagonist in particular that to me portrays a model for all mankind; that character is Atticus. His morals are his defining feature and to his children, he is a valuable teacher. Despite the novel's lack of Atticus' physical description, his attitude...

    Read More
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Calpurnia Cares

    ...Calpurnia Cares “Calpurnia was something else again. She was all angles and bones; she was nearsighted; she squinted; her hand was wide as a bed slat and twice as hard.” (Pg 6) This is how Jean Louise “Scout” Finch describes Calpurnia, a black woman who serves as the Finch family cook and maid in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird....

    Read More
  • To Kill A Mockingbird: Character Analysis

    ...Finding out how cruel society is at a young age is a lot to take in but gives so much in return. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, two characters Jem and Scout are introduced and learn many valuable lessons that do not necessarily come from school education. Throughout the book, the idea of valuable lessons are more found in real ...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.