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Draw similarities and differences between Calpurnia, Miss Maudie and Caroline Fisher, particularly in their relationship to Scout

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Introduction

Draw similarities and differences between Calpurnia, Miss Maudie and Caroline Fisher, particularly in their relationship to Scout In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout narrates her early life as a child. Motherless, the women in her life are quite significant to her in modelling her from a feminine point of view. In the beginning of the book, the three main women in her life are Calpurnia, the house maid, Miss Maudie, a friendly neighbour and Caroline Fisher, her teacher when she starts school. All these women have one thing in common - they all influence her at this tender age. Miss Caroline seems to be viewed in a negative light by Scout; in contrast, Miss Maudie is described as "our [Jem and Scout's] friend." Calpurnia, being the closest to scout is described as having a "tyrannical presence" but is described with love and affection. ...read more.

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Although not young like Fisher, Maudie Atkinson is a kind hearted and amicable with Scout. She is an open minded with her own opinions and thinks for herself, unlike Caroline Fisher, who sticks to what she has been taught with no exceptions. Atkinson, contrary to Fisher, is always nice to towards Scout and always listens to what she has to say, even after her house has been burnt down. Although in other affairs she is said to have an "acid tongue", she is always pleasant around the children, making them cakes and earning the honour of Scout calling her "the best lady I know." Calpurnia, although described as having a "tyrannical presence", is viewed with love, especially as Scout gets older. As the only woman of their household, Calpurnia can be argued to be the most important woman in her early life. ...read more.

Conclusion

Calpurnia and Fisher are both educated, but have dissimilar ideas of teaching - Fisher thinks it should be left completely to the education authorities, whilst Calpurnia taught her son and Scout herself. Caroline and Miss Maudie are both white, but that doesn't make their conduct or values similar, in fact Atkinson is more like Calpurnia in the way she treats children. Fisher and Calpurnia are both authorative figures in Scout's life, and can be controlling, whereas Maudie Atkinson' is more of a friend to Scout. Calpurnia and Atkinson both hold Atticus in high respect while Caroline Fisher insists he has done "damage" to his daughter's education, even though she has not yet met him. After studying the three women in depth, one could come to the conclusion that the three women are nothing like each other. They are certainly all influential to Scout, but it seems Calpurnia has the most impact. These women let the reader perceive the spectrum of Maycomb's women: from young to old, strict to mellow, black to white. ...read more.

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