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What are some events in To Kill a Mockingbird that Calpurnia explores?

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yatesm | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM via web

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What are some events in To Kill a Mockingbird that Calpurnia explores?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 26, 2011 at 2:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Calpurnia is one of the quieter characters when it comes to expressing her opinions about events in Maycomb. She has little to say about the Tom Robinson trial (though we can assume that she believes him innocent, calling the Robinsons "clean-living folks") and, though she is better educated than most of the black townspeople, she seems to "know her place" in Maycomb's white-dominated world. She expresses her sentiments toward civility and manners strenuously when Scout puts down her guest, Walter Cunningham Jr., for pouring syrup on all of his food. She relates that Mr. Radley was "the meanest man ever God blew breath into," and she knows a mad dog when she sees one, alerting the neighborhood of the presence of Tim Johnson. She defends Jem and Scout against Lula, who doesn't appreciate white children attending her church; and she explains to Scout why she speaks one way in the Finch home and "colored-folks' talk" at her church. Cal didn't think it was "fittin' " for the children to attend the rape trial, and she told Atticus how much the black townspeople " 'preciate what you did" for Tom.

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