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Calpurnia by Mind Map: Calpurnia

1. Looks like

1.1. Needed glasses

1.1.1. "She was near-sighted; she squinted." Page 6 Chapter 1 Like Atticus, Calpurnia had problems with her eyes, she needed glasses for both eyes because she was near sighted

1.2. Big Hands

1.2.1. "Her hand was wide as a bed slat and twice as hard." Page 6 Chapter 1 She had large hands, big enough for Scout to notice, they were also quite hard

1.3. Skinny/Bony

1.3.1. "She was all angles and bones" Page 6 Chapter 1 Calpurnia was quite skinny, although she ate enough food at the Finch household.

2. Beliefs and Values

2.1. Thinks that no one is better than another person. We are all equal and we shouldn't act like we are better than others

2.1.1. "Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny, and don't you let me catch you remarkin' on their ways like you was so high and mighty!" Chapter 3 page 28

2.2. Believes that white people and black people should be allowed to pray together.

2.2.1. "It doesn't matter, its the same God ain't it?" Chapter 12 page 129

2.3. She is a Christian and follows Christian beliefs. She regularly attends church.

2.3.1. "How'd you and Mister Jem like to church with me tomorrow? Chapter 12 page 127

2.4. Knows Tom Robinson well and doesn't believe that he could harm Mayella

2.4.1. "He's a member of Calpurnia's church, and Cal knows the family well. She says their clean-living folks"

3. Acts Like

3.1. Trustworthy

3.1.1. "I burst into tears and fled to Calpurnia" (Scout, pg 125) Scout trusts Calpurnia and runs to her for comfort. Even though at times their relationship is detached, Scout trusts Calpurnia as the next authority to flee to when Atticus is absent.

3.2. Fair, Disciplinary

3.2.1. "Calpurnia served Jem, Dill and me with vengeance." (Scout, pg 227" Calpurnia disciplines Scout, Jem and Dill accordingly to any unwanted behaviour displayed. This quote was when she found out they had been in the Courthouse while the Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell case was taking place.

4. How Others see her

4.1. Harsh

4.1.1. "Her tyrannical prescence" (Scout, pg 6) Calpurnia has high expectations for Scout and Jem which is sometimes perceived as too strict and harsh. Scout did not have a good relationship with Calpurnia at this time and as she described her has "tyrannical" ever since she could remember.

4.2. Worried

4.2.1. "It was nothing compared to her supervision of that Saturday's night's routine" (Scout, pg 127) During this time, Atticus is absent and Calpurnia is left in charge of Jem and Scout. Her supervision over them dramatically increases because she has a great responsibility. It seems she is worrying too much though as much of Jem and Scout's usual routines are now requiring supervision.

4.3. Part of the Finch's Family

4.3.1. "Anything fit to say at the table's fit to say in front of Calpurnia...knows what she means to this family" (Atticus, pg 171) The Finch's, Atticus in particular, see Calpurnia as part of their family rather than just a cook. Aunt Alexandra who joins them sees Calpurnia as a Negro who should not hear certain issues. However, Atticus reminds Aunt Alexandra that Calpurnia should be treated as part of the family.

5. Motivated By

5.1. Being a Mother to Jem and Scout

5.1.1. "Baby ... 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, so you just come right on in the kitchen when you feel lonesome." Page 125 Chapter 12 Calpurnia tries her hardest to be a mother to Scout and Jem because they don't have one. She isn't just a maid for the family she is like their mother.

5.2. Morals- Personal Beliefs

5.2.1. "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." Page 26 Chapter 3 She doesn't like to discriminate against people for any reason, she believes that everyone is equal and that you shouldn't be rude to people who are less fortunate than you.

5.3. Personal incentive

5.3.1. "That Calpurnia led a modest double life never dawned on me. The idea that she had a separate existence outside our household was a novel one, to say nothing of her having command of two languages." Page 128 Chapter 12 Calpurnia does have a life outside of the Finch house, she fas friends and people that she talks to outside, she keeps her job/Finch family life away from her personal life, she does have friends other than the Finch's