To Kill a Mockingbird

In This chapter, Scout and Jem seem to see calpurnia in a new light. What do they learn about calpurnia, and how does it change their views about her?

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The children learn that Calpurnia is able to bridge the distance between the black and white communities and easily fit into both. Calpurnia wouldn't allow anyone to bully her because she brought the Finch children to church, she spoke differently with the people at church than she did in the Finch home because she didn't want to seem uppity, and unlike most blacks, Cal had been taught to read. These things were all revelations to the children, and because of these revelations, Scout wanted to spend more time with Calpurnia in her own home environment. In this chapter, the children begin to really "know" the woman who cares for them.


To Kill a Mockingbird

In this chapter they attend Calpurnia's church and they see much in the church that is admirable when compared to the attitudes of the local white people. The church is generally welcoming; they learn that these people, who are somewhat illiterate but still joyful in their worship; they learn that these people try to help one another, and they finally question how ridiculous it is to believe the word of Mr. Ewell.