Why Is Calpurnia A Better Mother Than Aunt Alexandra?
Another reason why Calpurnia is a better mother than Aunt Alexandra is because Cal acts as if they are her own kids. The first piece of evidence that shows this is when she offers to hang out with Scout. Scout is upset with Jem’s new attitude, and Calpurnia responds by saying, “’He’s gonna want to be off to himself a lot now, doin’ whatever boys do, so you just come right on in the kitchen when you feel lonesome. We’ll find lots of things to do in here’” (Lee 154). With this in mind, it is clear that mothers will do almost anything to make their children happy, which is what Cal was doing here by offering to give her company whenever she needed it. Later, it says that Calpurnia is happy to see Scout, and mothers are happy to see their children. Aunt Alexandra rarely, if at all, spends quality time with the children doing what they want to do and would rather criticize them than listen to what they have to say. Also, Calpurnia acts as if Jem and Scout are her own kids when she tried to shield them from the bad in the world. First, she tries to keep them behind her so they will not be frightened by the “mad dog” (Lee