Atticus Mother Figure Analysis

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A mother; one who is there to protect their loved ones fiercely, one who loves and cares for their family unconditionally, and one who will relinquish anything in order to provide a good life for their children. By possessing each of these characteristics, anyone has the potential to be considered a mother figure. Over the course of the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Harper Lee indicates how Scout, a young girl, is contrastingly mothered by her father, Atticus, and their cook, Calpurnia due to the fact that her biological mother passed away. Throughout the story, Calpurnia is strict and understanding whereas Atticus is relaxed and mature, but are both successful in raising Scout to be a loving, respectful, and determined young lady. Although …show more content…
Atticus consistently tries to instill in Scout to build her own path, to be sympathetic, and also to be caring. In her worst times, Atticus is always there to comfort Scout and give her advice. For instance, when Scout came home from school upset with her teacher, Atticus reminded her, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”(30). He emphasizes how no one should judge another person until they truly get to know them. Miss Caroline was a newcomer to Maycomb and has not yet become accustomed to the town’s ways. Scout is told that she must have patience and be respectful of her new teacher’s practices as they will most likely benefit her in the end. Also, after Mrs. Dubose passes away, Atticus explains to Scout …show more content…
As the maid and cook, she spends the whole day with the children. Calpurnia has a tendency to be strict; however, she is also incredibly loving towards Scout. Being a female as well, she has the ability to understand how Scout is hurt when Jem begins to mature. Reassuringly, Calpurnia tells Scout, “Baby, I just can’t help it if Mister Jem’s growin’ up. He’s gonna want to be off by himself a lot now, doin’ whatever boys do, so you just come right on in the kitchen when you feel lonesome” (115). Benevolently, Calpurnia realizes how Jem’s aging is affecting Scout and makes sure that she will always be available if Scout needs a shoulder to lean on. Her generosity illustrates how much Calpurnia sincerely cares for Scout and treats her as one of her own children. In addition, Calpurnia is extremely protective of Scout, no matter the cost. When a rabid dog is endangering Scout, Calpurnia “...latched it behind her, then unlatched it and held onto the hook. She tried to block Jem and me with her body” (95). This displays how Calpurnia put herself at risk in order to shield and defend Scout from harm. All mothers have a instinct such as this and always attempt to keep their children safe. Consequently, Calpurnia is undoubtedly an important motherly figure in Scout’s

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