What three characters raise the children in To Kill a Mockingbird?Three characters and a chapter or page that shows how for each of the characters.

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The above editor is correct. To add, here are some chapters to peruse for some exact information.

Calpurnia takes the children to her church in chapter 12. If you need an exact quote, her abilities to raise the children come through effectively in this chapter and it would be the one to use in looking for good information on her.

Chapter 13 is when Aunt Alexandra arrives. During this chapter, Scout narrates about Alexandra's abilities as a parent figure. At the end of this chapter, Atticus explains Aunt Alexandra to the kids and what she is trying to do.

Chapters 23-24 further display Alexandra as she relates to Scout at the Missionary tea.

Atticus is obviously addressed throughout the book, but you just might look for Miss Maudie to say something about how he parents the children in chapters 14, 22, or even 23.

Good luck! Hope that helps.



bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Let's not forget young Charles Baker "Dill" Harris, the third of the major child characters in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Dill comes from a broken home, and his parents ship him off to Maycomb each summer to stay with his Aunt Rachel Haverford, who lives next door to the Finches. We find out little about Dill's Aunt Rachel, who seems to be a concerned and sympathetic character who allows Dill the freedom to spend a great deal of time with Jem and Scout. Dill's mother, who lives in Meridian, Mississippi, has been married at least twice and does not seem to have much time to spend with her son. Dill doesn't care to talk about his real father much, and we find out later that his "new father" has little time for him either. Dill's happiest moments come each summer when he returns to Maycomb and his "fiance," Scout.

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the three adults who help to raise Scout and Jem, the children, are Atticus, their father, Calpurnia, their cook and housekeeper, and Aunt Alexandra.  Atticus, the father, is a lawyer and just man.  He teaches the children by communicating with them in an intelligent manner and by practicing what he preaches.  He sets a good example for the children in regards to human rights and dignity.  He is also an honest man and an older father compared to the children's friends fathers.

Atticus said: "Sometimes I think that I'm a total failure as a parent, but I'm all they've got." (273)

Calpurnia teaches the children lessons in life about not being rude and respecting other's privacy.  She is the mother figure who is in constant argument with Scout.  Scout even tries to get her fired after Calpurnia scolds Scout for her bad manners at the table when Walter Cunningham was present.  Another valuable lesson that Calpurnia teaches is the value of the black culture and community.  Through her eyes and influence the children learn to have respect and love for black people.

"Calpurnia sent me through the swinging door to the dining room with a stinging smack." (25)

Aunt Alexandria was brought in by Atticus to teach Scout some female manners.  He felt that Scout needed the influence of a genteel southern woman.  However, Scout is the opposite.  She likes her tomboy ways and does not want to behave like her Aunt would like her to.  She hates dresses and girly things.

 "Aunt Alexandria had spoken. I was vividly reminded of the last time she ahd put her foot down." (224)

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