The Hero of To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill A MockingBird by Harper Lee is a story that is required to be read by almost every high schooler across the country. The story is one to be read at the high school level because we are perhaps at the most critical level of developing ourselves. To Kill A MockingBird lets us see how a real hero acts. Whether it be for standing up for some or getting over an addiction heroes come in may shape and sizes. The most prominent hero in To Kill a Mockingbird would have to be Calpurnia.
Calpurnia has been with Jem and Scout since Jem was born. Calpurnia is the Finch’s cook, but she takes her role in the children’s life more seriously. She acts as a mother figure (instead of Alexandria); constantly teaching the kids lessons about life and race. She serves as a bridge for Jem and Scout between the white and black communities. Calpurnia treated Jem and Scout just like her own and raised them as so.
Bravery and Calpurnia go hand and hand. She defends Jem and Scout at her church against Lulu when she says “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here – they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal?” Calpurnia immediately goes to the children’s defence by stating that it is the same god they are worshiping. She also shows bravery in chapter 10 by running to the Radley’s house to warn them of old Tom Jonson. She risks her safety to warn someone that she really didn’t even know
Wise is just one of the many characteristics that describe Calpurnia. Calpurnia explains the difficult parts of life and the complications in the racist county of Maycomb, Alabama. She puts real-life situations that the kids experience into easier context for them to understand. When Scout and Jem brought Walter Cunningham, a boy whose family suffers from financial issues, home for dinner. Scout made a comment on Walter putting syrup on his food. In which Calpurnia yells at Scout “Yo’ folks might be better’n the…