To what extent do the following characters affect Scout's values:  Miss Maudie, Mr. Cunningham, Calpurnia, Mr. Raymond, or Heck Tate.  Choose any three of the above and trace their impacts on...

To what extent do the following characters affect Scout's values:  Miss Maudie, Mr. Cunningham, Calpurnia, Mr. Raymond, or Heck Tate.  

Choose any three of the above and trace their impacts on the values of Scout and Jem throught the novel.  Who do you think impacts them the most.

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jilllessa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Of the characters you mentioned the characters that probably affect Jem and Scout the most would be Calpurnia and Miss Maudie because they have the most contact with them and speak with them frequently.  Calpurnia is a motherly figure to both children and teaches them to respect themselves and others.  She also teaches the children about the differences between those who are black and white and in their visit to her church gives them the experience of walking in another's shoes. 

Miss Maudie also gives the children a different perspective on life.  Unlike most adults she does not talk down to them and she challenges their perspective on the people and things in their lives.  She gets them to see both their father and the Radley's in a different light.  She also makes them think about their view of material things when she remarks to Jem that she won't miss her old house; that "old mausoleum of mine" which had burned down.  She helped them see through appearances to the true importance of things. 

Of the others you mentioned, Mr. Raymond, shows them how far a man has to go to get away with breaking the racial taboos.  He appeared to the town as a drunk so they would not bother him about his relationship and children with a black woman.  Heck Tate shows compassion in his support and concern for Atticus and his refusal to arrest Boo Radley for the murder of Bob Ewell. 

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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