CALPURNIA Jacqui and Alanah
Calpurnia is the black maid and cook of the Finch household. She acts like a mother figure towards Scout and Jem, as Calpurnia teaches them both how to behave and to be well mannered. She takes the children to her black church to sing and pray with them since all of the black townspeople like them because Atticus is defending Tom. Calpurnia has a gentle soul and is always wanting the best of Jem, Scout and Atticus.
Calpurnia is an insider as she is the maid of the Finch family. She is very well known through out the town.


1. Strict
2. Loyal
3. Fair
4. Loving
5. Helpful
6. Forgiving
7. Accepted
8. Motherly Figure
9. Persuasive
10. Direct

QUOTES: Jacqui and Alanah
1. Atticus said Calpurnia has more education than most coloured folks.-page 27, Scout.

2. "...We couldn't operate a single day without Cal, have you ever thought of that? You think about how much Cal does for you..."-page 28.

3. That Calpurnia led a modest double life never dawned on me. The idea that she had a separate existence outside our household was a novel one, to say nothing of her having command of two languages.-page 138.

4. "Cal," I asked, "why do you talk nigger-talk to the - to your folks when you know it's not right?"
..."Suppose you and Scout talked colored-folks' talk at home it'd be out of place, wouldn't it? Now what if I talked white-folks' talk at church, and with my neighbors? They'd think I was puttin' on airs to beat Moses."
"But Cal, you know better," I said.
"It's not necessary to tell all you know. It's not ladylike - in the second place, folks don't like to have somebody around knowin' more than they do. It aggravates 'em. You're not gonna change any of them by talkin' right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language." -page 139-144.

5. She was all angles and bones; she was nearsighted; she squinted; her hand was wide as a bed slat and twice as hard. She was always ordering me out of the kitchen, asking me why I couldn't behave as well as Jem when she knew he was older, and calling me home when I wasn't ready to come. Our battles were epic and one-sided. Calpurnia always won, mainly because Atticus always took her side. She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember. -page 12.

Calpurnia's Role: Jacqui Whiteford
We know that she is the Finch's cook making her obvious role looking after the Finch family and act as an authoritarian figure to Scout and Jem. She is the immediate link between the Finches and the African American community in Maycomb; making her other role to provide Scout with a unique persective of the case of Tom Robinson. She informs them on the suffering of her people and shows what their life is really like. This changes the way that the Finches think about Tom Robinson's case. She also has a lot to do with Helen Robinson, Tom's wife. This is because she is such a supportive member of the African American community and is in a position to help.

Helpful Links: Jacqui

Essential Question: Jacqui
Calpurnia links to all three questions because she shows and to a small extent how ignorance and prejudice affects society -in relation to the treatment of the African Americans. She is closely linked to a number of the 'outsiders' in the novel, particulary the African Americans. She also demonstrates how one person can make a difference by taking the Finch children into her world, this means she is making a difference by showing the problem to others who are in a better position than her to make a difference with it.