Calpurnia

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Calpurnia by Mind Map: Calpurnia

1. Zach Shinton

2. BELIEFS & VALUES

2.1. Racial Equality

2.1.1. "'Now you all quit that. You're gonna go to First Purchase with smiles on your faces'" pg128

2.1.1.1. Calpurnia tries to teach Scout and Jem that Blacks and Whites should be equal in all facets of life.

2.2. Superstitious

2.2.1. "She shut the wood door behind us, went to the telephone and shouted. 'This is Cal. I swear to God there's a mad dog down the street a piece - he's coming this way, yes sir, he's - Mr Finch, I declare he is - old Tom Johnson, yes sir... yessir... yes-' pg 101

2.2.1.1. Calpurnia does not want the children to catch the mad dog disease. So she shuts them firmly inside and makes them stay there before alerting the neighbourhood.

2.3. Respect

2.3.1. "There's some folks who don't eat like us," she whispered fiercely, "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 him, you hear?"pg 26

2.3.1.1. Calpurnia leaves people's business to themselves. And if there is a problem in their ways, then she respects that and knows that she had imperfections too.

2.4. God's work is God's work

2.4.1. "Baby,' said Calpurnia, 'I just can't help it if Mister Jem's growin' up. He's gonna want to be off to himself a lot now, doin' whatever boys do..." pg125

2.4.1.1. Calpurnia explains here to scout the she doesn't have any business muddling with Jem's growing up phase, and leaving him be is the best thing to do.

3. ACTS LIKE

3.1. Lonely

3.1.1. "'I missed you today,' she said. 'The house got so lonesom 'long two o'clock i had to turn on the radio'" pg 30

3.1.1.1. Calpurnia was used to having at least Scout at home during the day to keep her company but now that the two kids were off at school the housemaid was left to her own thoughts.

3.2. Superstitious

3.2.1. "She shut the wood door behind us, went to the telephone and shouted. 'This is Cal. I swear to God there's a mad dog down the street a piece - he's coming this way, yes sir, he's - Mr Finch, I declare he is - old Tom Johnson, yes sir... yessir... yes-' pg 101

3.2.1.1. Calpurnia does not want the children to catch the mad dog disease. So she shuts them firmly inside and makes them stay there before alerting the neighbourhood.

3.3. Motherly

3.3.1. "She was always ordering me out of the kitchen, asking why i couldn't behave as well as Jem when she knew he was older, and calling me home when i wasnt ready to come" pg 6

3.3.1.1. Calpurnia acts like the mother that Scout does not remember and Jem misses. She is more than a housemaid, she is part of the family.

4. MOTIVATED BY

4.1. Proud

4.1.1. "If Calpurnia had ever bathed me roughly before it was nothing compared to her supervision of that Saturday night's routine. She made me soap all over twice, drew fresh water in the tub for each rinse; she stuck my head in the basin and washed it with Octagon soap and castile." pg 127

4.1.1.1. Calpurnia is proud to be a coloured person so she cleans up Jem and Scout to make them look respectable in her community when she takes them to church.

4.2. Temperamental

4.2.1. "'Hush your mouth sir! When you oughta be hangin' your head in shame you go along laughin'!'" pg226

4.2.1.1. Calpurnia gets very cross at Jem and Scout when they misbehave and can sometime be unexpected.

4.3. Confident

4.3.1. “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillum here- they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal" Calpurnia said, 'It's the same God, ain't it?'" pg129

4.3.1.1. Calpurnia sticks to her word, stays confident behind it and does not let Lula boss her around.

5. HOW OTHERS SEE HIM OR HER...

5.1. Scout sees her as assertive

5.1.1. "... I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as i could remember." Ch1 pg6

5.1.1.1. Calpurnia is the head of the house when Atticus is not around and keeps Scout and Jem in line

5.2. Atticus sees her as part of the family

5.2.1. "Calpurnia always won, mainly because Atticus always took her side." Ch1 pg6

5.2.1.1. Atticus takes Calpurnia's side because he considers her as an adult of the family and sees her as being right. She has been with the Finches since she was young, she grew up on Finch's Landing

5.3. Aunt Alexandra sees her as inferior

5.3.1. "... You've got to do something about her." Ch13 pg148

5.3.1.1. Aunt Alexandra thinks that Calpurnia is a bad influence on Scout and Jem. She took them into the heart of the Black community and Alexandra thinks this will taint their view of the world.

6. LOOKS LIKE

6.1. Black

6.1.1. "why do you talk nigger-talk to the—to your folks when you know it's not right?" Ch12 pg136

6.1.1.1. She leads a double life, so that she fits into both groups: The Finchs, and the Black community

6.2. Skinny

6.2.1. "She was all angles and bones" (Ch1 pg#6)

6.2.1.1. Calpurnia may have been under fed as a child because her family might have been poor.

6.3. Strong

6.3.1. "..her hand was as wide as a bed slat and twice as hard" Ch1 pg6

6.3.1.1. She had big hands, Scout had experienced these hands many a time as she had been smacked lots by Calpurnia.

7. TEXTUAL ISSUES OR CONCERNS LINKED TO THIS CHARACTER

7.1. Split Personality

7.1.1. “Folks don’t like to have somebody around knowin’ more than they do. It aggrevates ‘em” pg128

7.1.1.1. Calpurnia talks in two different accents or tongues to fit in with the people around her.

7.2. Racism

7.2.1. "She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man." pg 204

7.2.1.1. Cal lives in the same community as Tom Robinson who is a major victim of racism in his court case.

7.3. Jem growing up

7.3.1. "Yeah he's just about Mister Jem now" pg 125

7.3.1.1. Calpurnia respects that Jem is growing up and starts calling him an adult. Scout doesn't like it but Calpurnia knew it would happen.

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