To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

Scout\'s relationships with the adults she\'s
sorrounded by all differ in different ways. Whether those relationships
are positive or negative, depends on how long Scout has known them, what
kind of people those adults are, and their background.

Beside her father, the adult that Scout
probably respects and likes the most is Miss Maudie. The two of them have
a beautiful relationship and they both love each other very dearly. When

Scout first introduces us to Miss Maudie (in chapter 5), she tells us all
the nicest things about her. She talks about how much she and Jem trusted

Miss Maudie and what a good friend she was. They trusted her because "she
never told on them, never played cat-and-mouse with them, and because she
was not at all interested in their private lives", (chp. 5, pg. 44-45)
unlike most Maycomb residents. This is also why Scout respected Miss Maudie
so much and why she told her: "Miss Maudie, you are the best lady I know"
(pg.45). Miss Maudie always made cakes for Scout, Jem and Dill, and she
invited them over to eat them and also to play in her backyard. One summer,

Scout spent the whole second half of the summer with Miss Maudie. They
sat in the front porch, watched the sunset, talked, took care of Miss Maudie\'s
garden... That\'s when Scout became very close to Miss Maudie. Basically,

Scout admired Miss Maudie. She was her hero.

Calpurnia is a very important character
in the novel. Scout has known her her whole life and has basically lived
with her, but they weren\'t that close. Scout never liked Calpurnia very
much, mostly because she always complained about her behaviour. "She was
always ordering her out of the kitchen, asking her why she couldn\'t behave
as well as Jem when she knew he was older, and calling her home when she
wasn\'t ready to come. Their battles were epic and one-sided. Calpurina
always won, mainly because Atticus always took her side." (pg. 6). One
more reason why Scout didn\'t like Calpurnia is because she made her practice
writing. Then, when Scout\'s teacher in grade one found out that Scout can
read and when Scout got in trouble for that, she blamed Calpurnia. At that
time, she was too young to realize that Calpurnia only tried to help her
and teach her so she would be literate and know more useful things. Even
though this seems like a negative relationship and seems as if though it
can never get better, the relationship between Scout and Calpurnia changes
through the novel. As Scout grows and becomes more mature, she realizes
that Calpurnia is nice and that she always means good when Scout thinks
the opposite. On page 29, Scout tells us about her and Cal\'s conversation
one day when Scout came back from school. Calpurnia said that she had missed

Scout that day while she and Jem were at school. All of a sudden, Calpurnia
was really nice to Scout. She let Scout watch her fix supper, she made
crackling bread for her, and she even kissed her. Scout describes how she
feels after all this behaviour: "I ran along, wondering what had come over
her. She had wanted to make up wth me, that was it. She had always been
too hard on me, she had at last seen the error of her fractious ways, she
was sorry and too stubborn to say so." (pg. 29). This proves that Scout
always thought that Calpurnia never liked her and that she didn\'t care
about her, and that she deserves Cal\'s apology. Scout is deeply hurt when

Calpurnia tells her that picking on Walter Cunningham while he eats at
their place is rude and that Scout should stop that and never do it again.

Here, Scout thinks that Calpurnia is being mean to her again, but when
she grows up a little, she will be thankful to Calpurnia because she taught
her about being polite and respectful to her guests. Despite all this,
there is, however, a positive side to this relationship. Scout does respect

Calpurnia, partly because she has to - she is her nanny and she takes care
of her; and partly because she simply likes some of Cal\'s characteristics.

Scout likes Calpurnia because "she has more education than most colored
folks" (pg. 24) and to Scout (and the whole Finch family) literacy and
education are very important. She also likes her because Cal is not a racist
and she is very protective of her and Jem. That\'s why Scout feels safe
around Calpurnia.

Even though