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Character Analysis; Calpurnia

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Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, there are many characters with very strong personality traits. These characters are very memorable and easily recognizable because of their traits. These characters have one thing in common, they all have influenced peoples life’s in one way or another. One of these great characters is Calpurnia. Three of Calpurnia’s most memorable traits are being a disaffection of the social rules, motherly, and courageous.
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That boy’s yo’ comp’ny and if he wants to eat up the table cloth you let him, you hear?” (Lee, 24). This shows that Calpurnia is motherly because she was scolding scout for telling Walter Cunningham Jr. to stop pouring syrup all over his plate. This also shows that Calpurnia is motherly because only parents scold their children and Calpurnia was scolding Scout as if she was her own child. Another quote that shows that Calpurnia is motherly is when she tells Jem, “I don’t want anybody sayin’ I don’t look after my children, “she muttered. “ Mister Jem, you absolutely can’t wear that tie with that suit. It’s green,” (Lee, 118). This shows that Calpurnia is motherly because she is nagging Jem for wearing a tie that did not match a green suit when they were going to First Purchase Church. This also shows that Calpurnia is motherly because she was nagging Jem to put on a more matching pair of clothes which mothers usually do.
The third most memorable trait is her courageousness. Calpurnia displays courageousness when she goes up to the Radely’s front door and says, “Mr. Nathan, Mr. Arthur, mad dog’s comin’! Mad dog’s comin’!” (Lee, 94). This shows courageousness because there was a dog that was infected...

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