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Calpurnia by Mind Map: Calpurnia

1. Acts like

1.1. Calpurnia is strict where she sees fit, however assumes the mother role Scout and Jem lack "She had been with us ever since Jem was born I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as i could remember"

1.2. Strict but caring towards Scout and Jem "...she's never let them get away with anything, she's never indulged them the way most coloured nurses do...the children love her" Atticus page 151

2. Looks like

2.1. Calpurnia is described by Scout as African American, notably skinny, and with large hands. or otherwise somewhat disproportionate. "Her hand was wide as a bed slate and twice as hard." Scout page 6

3. Beliefs and values

3.1. Has accepted racial segregation

3.2. Although feels the community in Maycomb is oppressive

4. How others see her

4.1. Scout: Scout describes Calpurnia as unfairly disciplined, and seemingly targets her-the two do not always get along. "She was always ordering me out of the kitchen, asking me why i couldn't behave as well as Jem..." Scout, page 6

4.2. Atticus: Atticus respects Calpurnia as a member of the family, rather than solely as the 'Black maid'. "Calpurnia's not leaving this house until she wants to...She's a faithful member of this family..." Atticus, page 150

5. motivated by

5.1. Her job: The time line of the book is set during the depression, work was a priority for most people

5.2. Affection towards the family

6. Textual issues or concepts linked to this character

6.1. Racism/illiteracy of african americans: Whist Calpurnia is educated herself, many other African americans in maycomb are not, it is commonplace in the novel that they are uneducated.

6.2. Gender Inequality