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Hypocrisy: Missionary Circles and Education

To Kill A Mockingbird

Rachel Okazaki

on 8 November 2012

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Transcript of Hypocrisy: Missionary Circles and Education

Hypocrisy: Missionary Circles and Education To Kill a Mockingbird Hypocrisy - Education: Miss Gates Examining Scout's Reaction Missionary Circle Scout's Response Missionary Circle On page 329 Miss Gates says, "We are a democracy and Germany is a dictatorship. Over here we don't believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudice."
On page 329 she also says"...you'll learn that Jews have been persecuted since the beginning of history, even driven out of their own country. It's one of the most terrible stories in history."
(The story of slavery is a pretty terrible one too!) Mrs.Merriweather "well, i always say forgive and forget"(311) On page 330 Scout says to Atticus how she has noticed that Miss Gates does not like Hitler and is about to question Atticus about Miss Gates' obvious hypocritical thinking but decides it is better to ask Jem.

On page 331 Scout says, "....how can you hate Hitler so bad an' then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home?" On page 311 Ms. Merriweather "you never ought to let an opportunity go by to witness for the lord" During tea, Ms.Merriweather and the other ladies discuss the "poor Mrunas" in Africa, and their maids, both are African American, the only difference is they were talking about ways to help the Mrunas but complaining about how their maids are working, for example Ms.Merrifield says "Gertrude, I tell you there's nothing more distracting than a sulky darky (p. 234)." Which shows that she has double standards because the onkly difference between the Mrunas and the African Americans in the United States is where they live. a feigning to be what one is not or to
believe what one does not Missionary Circle

Later on, on page 331 Miss Gates says (referring to Tom Robinson and African-Americans) "It's time somebody ought to teach him a lesson, they were gettin way above themselves. The next thing they think they can do is marry us" First Display of Hypocrisy When Scout joins the ladies she asks Mrs.Merriweather what they discussed in the meeting. They inform Scout on the poor Mrunas. Scout finds this strange because they are so concerned over the Mrunas but pay no attention to the African Americans in their own town. Mrs.Merriweather says "Not a white person'll go near 'em." But contradicts herself when she talks poorly about her African American cook and Tom Robinson and his family. Scout's reaction to Miss Gates' comment on the case is a sure sign of her maturation. Scout recognizing the hypocrisy of a teacher telling her students of the terrible history of the Jewish people then turning around and bashing black people, displays Scout developing a more caring, understanding personality. This is also a step towards Scout recognizing herself, that if it's okay to sympathize with the Jewish people who went through a very rough past, then it's okay to support and sympathize with African Americans who have not had an easy life and continue to have a hard time in Scout's present time. But if she truly believed that you should always "witness for the lord" than she would treat everyone equally and not discriminate against Tom Robinson and the other African Americans in the town, because the bible says love your neighbor as you love yourselves, but if she hates African Americans and loves herself, she is being quite hypocritical- because she considers herself christian but is not following one of the key rules in that religion. Another example is Mrs.Merriweather calls the folks up North hypocrites because they claim to give African Americans equal rights but refuse to socially interact with them where as in the south she says "Down here we just say you live your way and we'll live ours." But basically treat them the same way by not interacting with them at all. The End...
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