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How does Atticus defend Calpurnia from Aunt Alexandra in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Atticus does defend Calpurnia in Chapter 14 as previous answers conclude. Aunt Alexandra is worried that the children's association with Calpurnia is getting too casual because she invited them to her home. Scout would love to go see Calpurnia's home and pay her a visit, but Aunt Alexandra objects because she believes that her family should not associate with people outside of their social class. Scout overhears Atticus tell his sister that he will never get rid of Calpurnia for a few reasons: first, Calpurnia is not a threat and she's practically family; second, "the children love her"; and third, she's the closest thing to a mother that the kids know and she's taught them many good things (137).

Atticus also tells Alexandra that she should not have to work herself so hard anyway. Calpurnia does the cooking and cleaning, which gives Aunt Alexandra time to focus on the children as Atticus becomes very busy with the Tom Robinson case. Because Atticus is polite, yet direct with the way he...

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