Topic 2: Examine and analyze the character Calpurnia. What is her purpose in the novel—why does she exist? How would the story be different without her?
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What is Calpurnias purpose in the novel,Why does Calpurnia exist,How would the story be different without Calpurnia? The book To kill a mockingbird needs Calpurnia. Calpurnia is an African American cook/Housekeeper who takes care of Scout and Jem. She lives with the finches and is basically a mother to them. ( They treat her as family) To support this idea further Scout says "She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember" ( chapter 1 pg 7 line 6-8 ) Without a doubt this explains how Scout thinks of Calpurnia as a Mother instead of a housekeeper.This is the reason of Calpurnias purpose in the book, and why she exists. The story would be different without Calpurnia because she plays a big role with the finches. Besides being a mom to Scout and Jem. If the book didn't have Calpurnia, Harper Lee would have to make up somebody different to be the finches cook/housekeeper or Scout and Jems mom would have to be alive. This if why Calpurnia is important in the novel and needs to be in the story To kill a mockingbird.
I agree with how you say Calpurnia plays a big role with the Finches. The fact that shes already the Finches housekeeper and cook already shows that shes something to the family. Atticus and Aunt Alexandra exchange words in the middle of the book about Calpurnia where Aunt Alexandra dislikes Calpurnia to where she doesnt want her in the house and thinks shes a bad influence. Atticus argues back saying that shes been there for him and the kids and he "wouldnt have gotten along" without her. The Finches see her as family, as one of them and without Calpurnia in the book your right about Harper Lee having to change the story line by inputting someone else like a different housekeeper or an actual mom. Calpurnia's role in To Kill a Mockingbird is very effective and impacts the story in a big way.
Why would you say the kids "would not be raised correctly"? Do you think Atticus doesn't have the ability to raise his kids so he needs Cal to raise them?
There's no way anyone could say that with or without Calpurnia that the kids would or would not be raised correctly. Calpurnia plays a huge role in Scout and Jems lives and she does of course help raise them and teach them in different ways. Without Calpurnia the story couldve ended up going many ways. Maybe there wouldve been an actual mother, or as you said Atticus raising the kids. Now as you see in the book, Atticus is interacting with Scout and Jem throughout the story just not continuously. It's more like short talks then he goes and returns at times. For example when Scout is a bit shaken up from talking to Jem Atticus checks in on her but very quickly. Sure Atticus may have his own business to attend to but even with Calpurnia in the story Atticus isnt there to always lend a hand to them. None the less, Jem and Scout are still taught things from Atticus its just that Jem and Scout would be raised differently without Calpurnia, not incorrectly just differently since they wouldnt experience the mother figure that Calpurnia shows.
What is Calpurnia's purpose in the novel 'To Kill A Mockingbird'? Calpurnia is a black woman who is the housekeeper belonging to the Finches. Even though in the story or as a character she is known as a housekeeper, she is more like a mother to Jem and Scout and considered family to Atticus. At some points in the story she even stands out as a role model to the kids. To further illuminate this idea, Calpurnia says to Scout, "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 boys yo' comp'ny and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let him, you hear?" (Lee 24). In this part of the story, Jem had invited over a boy named Walter from school who was poor. As lunch was being served he had asked for syrup and "drowned" his food in it.Scout decided to point it out and make a big deal about it which is when Calpurnia came in and began explaining to Scout a form of respect to show to their guest. This just goes to show that in this novel, Calpurnia is a mother like figure in the Finches home. Without Calpurnia in the book, Harper Lee would need to adjust the story to where Jem and Scout have an actual mother, or just living with Atticus or even a different woman in the house who probably isn't a mother type figure in the house. Calpurnia plays a big role in the roles that Jem and Scout play throughout the novel which is what makes her important.
Calpurinias purpose in TKaMB is to be a motherly figure for Jem and scout. She shows many characteristics of a mother, like worries about them and is always there to help the kids. Also, Calpurinias even scolds them if they do something wrong just like a mother would. There are many moments where calpurinias shows motherly characteristics, one being when she scolds scout for not being polite to her guest (Walter Cunningham), when scout makes fun of Walter for putting too much syrup on his food, calpurinias calls scout over and says "hush your mouth, don't matter who they are, anybody that sets foot in this house's your company and don't let me catch you remarking in their ways like you was so high and mighty!" (Lee24).This shows how calpurinias won't let scout do something wrong just because she isn't her real mother. It shows she acts like scout is her own responsibility and she needs to help raise her up.This undoubtedly shows how calpurinias is a mother for Jem and scout, and without her, they would not have grown up to be who they became.
I agree with the fact that Calpurnia is a mother like figure to Scout and Jem with how you say she has many characteristics of a mother. The way she "scolds" Jem and Scout (Scout especially) is what gives her that mother like figure. Calpurnia scolding Scout about respecting "comp'ny" and also saying "hush your mouth... anybody that sets foot in this house is your comp'ny... (Lee 24). Calpurnia speaking with Scout like this just goes to show that mother like figure she is in the Finches home. I also agree with how you mention that Scout (& Jem) are like Calpurnias responsibilities. Calpurnia plays a very effective role in Scout and Jem's lives and that without her everything would be different