Character Traits Of Calpurnia In To Kill A Mockingbird

Have you ever read a novel and connected to a character? In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee, Calpurnia is an easy character to connect with. Calpurnia is a worker at the Finch Home. She is more like family than a maid. Throughout the story Calpurnia helped change Scout and Jem. She taught them about the ropes of life. Cal helped shape the lives of these kids. She even taught them many valuable lessons. Calpurnia’s two main character traits that best describe her are motherly and intelligent.
One character trait that Calpurnia fits is motherly. She shows this in many ways. The first way she shows this is by always cooking and cleaning for the Finch family. Even though she was hired to do that job, it is her choice. She chooses
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Another reason she is motherly is that she makes the kids act respectful. If they are disrespectful she gets very upset. “‘Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house’s yo’ comp’ny and don’t let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you was so high and mighty!’” (24). Calpurnia was saying this to Scout after she disrespected Walter Cunningham. She wanted Scout to learn that just because you have a lot in life doesn’t mean you treat other people badly. This is motherly because she is making the kids learn what respect is. She is helping them grow up to be the most respectful people they can be. The last way she demonstrates as being motherly is how she loves them. The love she shows for them is a tough love that most mothers show. “Calpurnia bent down and kissed me. I ran along, wondering what has come over her. She had wanted to make up with me, that …show more content…
‘Can’t but about four folks in First Purchase read... I’m one of ’em.’”(124). Calpurnia proceeded to talk about how lining worked. The kids were very confused. They thought that everyone could read but that is not the case at all. To go with this Calpurnia is a black person who can read. In the whole world at this time black people who could read was very rare. If you could read you were a very well taught as a child because they didn’t have school. Calpurnia was taught how to read at Finch's Landing with Jack and Atticus. She was taught from Mrs. Buford out of a book called Blackstone’s Commentaries. Calpurnia can’t only read but can write and teach other people how to read. She taught Zeebo how to read when he was a child. Zeebo is Calpurnia’s son. “‘Maybe because they can’t read. Cal, did you teach

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