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Why did Aunt Alexandra want to fire Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Alexandra does not feel that Calpurnia is needed since Alexandra is there, and she considers herself a better person to raise Scout and Jem

Scout doesn’t really care for her Aunt Alexandra.  Alexandra complains about her wearing overalls and generally disapproves of her.  She has also been heard to say very derogatory things about Atticus, since he is defending a black man.  Like many in Maycomb, Alexandra’s response to this is racist. 

When the trial is getting underway, Alexandra just shows up one day at the Finch house.  She is there to help her brother.  Despite her comments about Atticus defending Tom...

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