Compare and contrast Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
Both Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandra are portrayed as strict women who do not hesitate to discipline Jem and Scout. Calpurnia chastises Scout several times at the beginning of the novel, and Aunt Alexandra is continually correcting Scout's behavior and personality. Calpurnia and Alexandra are also depicted as accomplished, independent women. Calpurnia is one of the few educated black people in Maycomb's community, and Alexandra participates in numerous town committees and organizations. Both women are also valued members of their communities and respected by their neighbors.
Despite their similarities, Calpurnia and Alexandra differ in various ways. Calpurnia is a black woman and is therefore considered a second-class citizen in Maycomb's segregated society. Calpurnia is also depicted as a more understanding, tolerant woman than Alexandra. In contrast, Aunt Alexandra enjoys her upper-class status in Maycomb's society and is depicted as a more austere, antagonistic woman. She also portrays her...
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