THEMES<br />Racism <br />Obviously, racism is a major theme of the novel. Blacks were<br />not permitted to commingle with whites in public settings,<br />as exemplified in the courthouse physical separation of<br />races and in the clearly distinct black and white areas of<br />town. It can be seen when Scout explores the differences<br />Between black people and white people. She and Jem attend<br />Church with Calpurnia and Scout truly enjoys the experience.<br />Afterwards, she asks Calpurnia if she might be able to visit<br />her house sometime because she has never seen it.<br />Calpurnia agrees, but the visit is never made, largely<br />because Aunt Alexandra puts a stop to it.<br />
<ul><li>Jem’s shocked that she’s learned and taught English out of such a difficult book as the Commentaries, and says that that must be why she doesn’t talk like the other African-Americans he knows.
Scout thinks with wonder that Calpurnia has a whole other life besides being their cook, much like a child realizing that teachers don’t sleep at school.Jem asks why Cal talked differently at the African-American church than she does with white people, and she says that it makes more sense to fit in.
Scout asks if she can visit Calpurnia at her home some time, and Cal says yes.They arrive home to find Aunt Alexandra installed on their front porch.</li>