A masterpiece of American literature, winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1961, an instant bestseller was Harper Lee’s simple love story. Harper Lee, home to a small Alabama town called monroeville, was the Author of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel captures the life of a young women and her childhood growing up in a small southern town, Maycomb county, Alabama. As this young woman gets older, she learns more and more about life through the townspeople of Maycomb County; Courage, kindness, cruelty, and love are some of the main lessons portrayed throughout the book. The townspeople, especially a few select ones, are a huge influence in the childhood of this young women, they also help you understand the town itself and the people living there. Lee does an amazing job of helping you understand the lifestyle in the town and helps put a vivid visual and understanding in ones mind while reading the novel. Calpurnia, Arthur “Boo” Radley, and Tom robinson are just a few characters home to Maycomb County, that make the novel a masterpiece of American literature.
Calpurnia is a cook for the finch family, but is considered to be family to them and is a big influence in their lives; Scout finch, the youngest of the two finch kids says, “Calpurnia was something else again. She was all angels and bones” (Lee 6) . She is a colored women and in Maycomb county, colored people are not considered people to most, but unlike the rest of Maycomb County, the finch family did not see them that way and respected colored folks as they would white people. Calpurnia is a huge supporter of the Finch’s and is like a mother to Jem and Scout, since their mother died when Jem and Scout were very young. She watches over them and is a big influence in jem and scout's life. She taught Jem and Scout how to read, manners, and help raised them to be respectful children. Calpurnia did not go easy on Jem and Scout, In fact she was probably more strict than most mothers of Maycomb County. Calpurnia was unlike other colored folks, she was able to read and write, talked like a white women and was smart. Jem and Scouts aunt comes to stay with them, so she can help raise them since they have no mother and is against Calpurnia staying with them, but the father Atticus does not agree. Atticus says, “Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants too. You may think otherwise, but i couldn't have got along without her all these years. She’s a faithful member of this family and you’ll simply have to accept things the way they are” (Lee 137) . So Calpurnia was more than just a colored house servant, she was like a mom and was considered family to the finchs.
Arthur “Boo” Radley was one of the mockingbirds of the novel, the phrase “you can't judge a book by its cover” is a good way to describe him. Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo:
Boo was six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands...