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1. "Calpurnia's indignant profile" Page 226

1.1. She is kind to the children yet knows when to be harsh.

1.1.1. Calpurnia looks like a loving yet stern lady

2. Acts like the mother figure as Scout and Jem don’t have a mother

2.1. "she was always ordering me out of the kitchen, asking me why I couldn't behave as well as Jem" Page 6

2.1.1. For Jem and Scout Calpurnia looks like a motherly figure as they have lost their actual mum and at time rely on Calpurnia to act and be like a mother.

3. African American cook for the Finch family

3.1. Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to her African American community and they see where she comes from . Page 136


4.1. Has a sense of self-worth

4.1.1. Doesnt believe that the children should be involved in the Tom Robinson case and they should have to be concerned about it. "Skin every one you alive the very idea, you children listen' to all that!" Page 226

4.2. Doesnt believe in racism

4.2.1. "Cal," I asked, "why do you talk nigger-talk to the—to your folks when you know it's not right?" "Suppose you and Scout talked colored-folks' talk at home it'd be out of place, wouldn't it? Now what if I talked white-folks' talk at church, and with my neighbors? They'd think I was puttin' on airs to beat Moses." Page 136 As she is a black she does dont believe in being treated unequally because of her race. In the quote we can see that Calpurnia does not believe anyone should feel uncomfortable because of the way they are.

4.3. She values individuality

4.3.1. Jem and Scout are always asking her questions and she is always sure of her answers. Calpurnia is proud of who she is and is confident in herself. She doesnt value the opinions and comments of others as she is confident in herself


5.1. Very Motherly

5.1.1. "Our battles were epic and one-sided. Calpurnia always won, mainly because Atticus always took her side. She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember." Page 6 She cares very much for Jem and Scout and mostly agrees with Atticus when arguments arise. Scout mentions that she can't remember a time without Calpurnia. She also teaches Scout to write and gives advice throughout the book.

5.2. Strict

5.2.1. She was always ordering out of the kitchen, asking me why I couldn't behave as well as Jem when she kew he was older. Calpurnia is strict and sometimes a but harsh on the children however she knows what is best for them.

5.3. Wise

5.3.1. "Atticus said Calpurnia had more education than most coloured folks. Page 26 Calpurnia is very educated unlike most black people. She is able to keep a cool head in situations and not lose her temper.


6.1. Money

6.1.1. "Calpurnia is our cook" Page 6 Calpurnia is employed by the Finches and although money is not a big factor in her motivation it does play a bit of a part in her decisions

6.2. The Finches

6.2.1. "Calpurnia marched us home: '-skin every one of you alive, the very idea, you children listening to all that! Mister Jem, don't you know better'n to take you little sister to that trial?" Page 226 Calpurnia is motivated by the children because she cares for them very much. She also feels a need to be there for Jem and Scout because of the death of their mother.

6.3. Morals and Personal Beliefs

6.3.1. "Calpurnia rarely commented on the ways of white people" Page 6 Calpurnia believes that all rights should be the same and this motivates her to make sure this occurs.


7.1. Scout and Jem see her as the women in the house

7.1.1. "Calpurnia our cook" because Jem and Scout have lost their mother in a way Calpurnia acts like the mother figure. Although Jem and Scout see her as their cook over time they learn more about her

7.2. She is respected by Jem and Scout and they don’t treat her differently because she is black

7.2.1. Quote As Jem and Scout dont believe in racism, they have never treated Calpurnia differently because of her race and have always seen her to be just like them. This is the way she wants to be seen

7.3. Some of Atticus’ white friends act superior towards Calpurnia because they only see her as a servant

7.3.1. Quote or Evidence (Including page #) She is only seen a servant because she is black and not all of the maycomb community believe in equality



9.1. Human Rights

9.1.1. Quote or Evidence (Including Page #) Calpurnia is a strong voice when it comes to the rights of everyone.

9.2. Everyone

9.2.1. Quote or Evidence (Including Page #) Explain

9.3. Concern

9.3.1. Quote or Evidence (Including Page #) Explain

9.4. Concern

9.4.1. Quote or Evidence (Including Page #) Explain