The Finch Maid Essay

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The book To Kill a Mockingbird was written in 1960 by small town Alabama girl Harper Lee. She claimed the book was a love story, but it went much deeper than that. Covering the lives of Jem and Scout Finch as they grew up in Maycomb, a prosperous county of Alabama, the book offered an unbiased view of what went on in that era; mainly racism. Scout and Jem's father, Atticus, was a lawyer who fought a hopeless case for Tom Robinson, a crippled African-American man accused of raping a local white woman. They sat and watched as the woman's father- Bob Ewell, made several attempts to harm their family. The last of which was halted by Boo Radley. Why this man did what he did for the children ...view middle of the document...

Calpurnia did not let Jem and Scout Finch off easily. Take, for example, the time they were eating dinner with Walter Cunningham, “There's some folks who don't eat like us.... but you ain't called on to contradict' em at the table when they don't.” (32) In this quote, you can easily tell that she is trying to teach Scout a lesson, as she had made a rude comment over the dinner table. Some similar scolding occurred during the intermission for Tom Robinson's court hearing, when Cal discovered the children had been there the whole time. “Mister Jem, don't you know better'n to take your little sister to that trial? Miss Alexandra'll absolutely have a stroke of paralysis when she finds out! Ain't finnin' for children to hear...” (277) Being genuinely angry and disappointed in the two, she escorts them home and commences giving them dinner. Even though she was let down, Cal never harmed a hair on their insolent little heads, as she cared too much for her little Finches.

As was aforementioned, it is terribly evident how much calpurnia cares for the finch family. Some may even say she is the most loyal housemaid in all of Macomb county. One fine sunday morning, she proves this to us, as she speaks not in her own “natural dialect” but rather in the supposed “white talk” around the...

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