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In To Kill a Mockingbird, who is Calpurnia and what is she like? Include two quotations...

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rajdarshani | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted May 10, 2011 at 9:49 AM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, who is Calpurnia and what is she like? Include two quotations about her.

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

Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Calpurnia is the Finch family's valued African-American housekeeper in To Kill a Mockingbird. Calpurnia serves as surrogate mother to Jem and Scout, whose own mother died of a heart attack when Scout was just a baby. She is strong-willed and strict, but occasionally shows her soft side, which usually surprises Scout. Calpurnia is well-educated and taught Scout how to write cursive. She is an excellent cook (though maybe not as good as Aunt Alexandra or Miss Maudie) who has a grown child (Zeebo) herself. She lives in the Quarters, and Atticus usually drives her home every evening, though she sometimes stays overnight on a foldout cot in the kitchen. Calpurnia

... was all angles and bones; she was nearsighted; she squinted; her hand was as wide as a bed slat and twice as hard.

Calpurnia had Atticus' complete confidence, and when Aunt Alexandra tries to convince Atticus to dismiss her, he calls her a member of the family.

Our battles were epic and one-sided. Calpurnia always won, mainly because Atticus always took her side.

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