Analysis Of Calpurnia And Aunt Alexandra In To Kill A Mockingbird

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I am reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, and I am on page 187. This book is about Jem and Scout learning more about what their father is involved in and how to take all the criticism from different people. Also about, becoming a little more independent in life, because in the beginning of chapter ten, it says that Jem just wants to do things himself now and doesn't want to hang out with his sister. It also shows how much of a real impact Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra are in their lives. In this journal I will be evaluating. I believe, that Calpurnia is a better mother figure than Aunt Alexandria for many different reasons. Calpurnia daily interactions, with Jem and Scout, is one of the reason that she makes a good mother figure. …show more content…
Aunt Alexandra says to Scout that “We decided that it would be best for you to have some feminine influence. It won’t be many years, Jean Louise, before you become interested in clothes and boys--” (Harper 145). So you can kinda tell that she’s not a very easy going person, otherwise she would not be telling Scout what to do. Another thing about Aunt Alexandra is, that she is very opinionated. When Aunt Alexandra had Atticus go talk to Jem and Scout, because she thinks they will listen to what he has to say, more than they will listen to her. She has Atticus go and talk about their family history, for instance “ your aunt has asked me to try and impress upon you and Jean Louise that you are not from run-of-the-mill people, that you are product of several generations’ gentle breeding--”(Harper 151). Atticus would never say something like that to Jem and Scout. So when Scout got upset about it, he then tells them to just forget about it and to go to bed. He was only talking about that to Jem and Scout, because that's what Aunt Alexandra thought would be best for him to …show more content…
Also when Atticus says that “Calpurnia's not leaving this house until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but i couldn’t have got along without her all these years” (Harper 155). Atticus continues to say how she is a faithful member of the family and that Alex has to accept things the way it is. Alex then says “ but Atticus--” (Harper 155). He then continues to go on and on about how great Cal is. I do not blame Alex for being jealous, because Atticus is kind of saying, that he proffers Cal over her, and all Alex is trying to do is trying to keep the family in order. Another reason why I think that Calpurnia is a better mother figure is, because of her punishments. When Aunt Alexandra and Atticus were talking about Calpurnia, Atticus says that Cal is probably harder on the kids then he is (Harper 155). Atticus means that Cal is just always there for the kids, and when they get in trouble she know what to do and how to act with them. The day when Calpurnia had to bring Scout and Jem to her church, she made them dress in nice clothing. Scout had said that “she had put to much starch in my dress it came up like a tent when I sat

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