How Does Aunt Alexandra Feel About Calpurnia

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Aunt Alexandra thinks there is no longer any need for Calpurnia to remain in the Finch household now that she herself has arrived. She decides that she can take over the household tasks and, just as importantly, provide the kind of female influence that the growing Scout needs.

Alexandra thinks that Calpurnia is not a suitable female role model for Scout, being black and of a lower class. Alexandra’s disapproval of Calpurnia is made plain when she most emphatically intervenes to prevent Scout from making plans to go out to Calpurnia’s house.

Alexandra’s racial and class prejudices are shared by many in Maycomb society but not by her own brother. He may chide Scout for being disrespectful to her, but at the same time he flatly refuses to give in to her wishes to fire Calpurnia and tells her so, in no uncertain terms:


Calpurnia's not leaving this house until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I couldn't have got along without her all these years. She's a faithful member of this family, and you'll just have to accept things the way they are. (Chapter 14)


Calpurnia has been a loyal member of the Finch household for a long time and Atticus shows his gratitude. In his own quiet but firm way he resists his sister’s  attempts to re-organise things to her own liking.


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