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How does Calpurnia teach Scout about the theme of character in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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Since Scout has no mother, Calpurnia takes on the motherly role.  Atticus considers her the main authority in his house, and makes his children mind her.

Scout does not always get along well with Calpurnia.  She thinks Cal is way too strict.

Our battles were epic and one-sided. Calpurnia always won, mainly because Atticus always took her side. She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember. (ch 1)

Calpurnia also taught Scout to write, and used it to reinforce Biblical lessons.

In Calpurnia's teaching, there was no sentimentality: I seldom pleased her and she seldom rewarded me. (ch 2)

Calpurnia makes sure that Scout behaves morally.  For example, when Scout insults Walter Cunningham Jr. for pouring syrup on his food, Calpurnia reprimands her.

There's some folks who don't eat like us … but you ain't called on to contradict 'em at the table when they don't. That boy's yo' comp'ny and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let...

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