People are always influenced by family members. Sometimes this influence is positive and sometimes it is negative, yet no matter what, it will change a person’s life. Change can be caused by that person fitting into the ways of a household, or be forced to act differently in the presence of others. Either way, that person will never be the same again. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, characters are constantly being influenced by family members. Aunt Alexandra, started off as a rude and bossy woman, but as she became closer to Atticus, Jem, and Scout, she changed into a more loving and compassionate person. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra is influenced by the Finches during her stay at their home.
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“This is not my father. My father never thought these thoughts. My father never spoke so.” (p. 178). Aunt Alexandra’s focus was not just on Atticus, but the whole household. She tried to coerce Calpurnia away from the home. “And don’t try to get around it. You’ve got to face it sooner or later and it might as well be tonight. We don’t need [Calpurnia] now.”(p. 182). Aunt Alexandra did not feel that Calpurnia was needed anymore because she thought that she was all that the Finches needed. Also, Aunt Alexandra thought that Calpurnia raised Scout wrong and it would only be better if Calpurnia was gone. At the beginning of her visit, Aunt Alexandra took over and tried to change everything, but in the end, everything stayed like it had always been.
She showed her compassionate side during her missionary meeting that took place at the Finch house. The missionary meeting was a turning point in Aunt Alexandra’s demeanor towards all others. She, “Smiled brilliantly. ‘Stay with us, Jean Louise,’ she said.” (p. 307). Even though Aunt Alexandra was only doing this to change Scout, it was different from how Scout was treated before. In this case, Aunt Alexandra was speaking to Scout more as an adult, than a child. Not only that, but she wanted Scout to assimilate into her own crowd. This illustrated that Aunt Alexandra felt that Scout did not have bad manners. She just did not know when to use them. Also, compassion is shown when she let Calpurnia serve her