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In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, hypocrisy is shown in most parts of the book.The book has a very conflicting storyline which keeps it interesting for the reader.  A lot of the main characters in this book are witnesses of the hypocrisy.   Scout is a witness to various forms of hypocrisy, most of them have been from the women in Maycomb. Scouts teachers are both guilty of hypocritical words and actions. Miss Carolina unfairly punishes Scout. Even though Scout was trying to give the unexperienced teacher who is new to Maycomb an understanding of the people in the town. Miss Caroline believes in herself educationally superior to most of the town, including Atticus. But, on the first day of school Miss Caroline is unable to control the class, Scout even acknowledging it.  In Harper lee TKAM scout says “Had her conduct been more friendly toward me, I would have felt sorry for her” (Lee 29). Scout is basically saying that if Miss Carolina would have been a little bit much niser to her, Scout would have helped her control the class but because she didn’t Scout is go to let it slide.  At school there was Cecil Jacobs, going after Scout about her father on how he was defending a negro. When Scout was ready to beat him up that’s when she remember what her father had said “Atticus had promised me he would wear me out if he ever heard of me fighting anymore; I was far too old and to big for such childish things and the sooner I learned to hold in the better off everybody would be” (Lee 99). Atticus doesn’t want Scout to fight, but he is telling her that he promises to wear her out, physically punishing her in some way. He wants her to keep it in but, also wants her to be honest.  Aunt alexandra expects Scout to be a lady. ” Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants” (Lee 108).  This is so hypocritical, not all girl stay home and do what the mother or lady of the house says. But, how is Scout going to be lady when she doesn’t have a mother. The only thing Scout has is her father Atticus and her brother Jem.  Even though Mrs. Dubose had her addiction problem she was also a hypocrite. When she came to find out that Atticus was defending African American she stated,  ” Not only a Finch waiting on tables but ones in the courthouse lawing for niggers… Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for”(Lee 135).  Mrs. Dubose is racist  and felt that Atticus was wrong for defending Tom Robinson. She was someone who believed that African Americans are nothing but trash. But at home Mrs. Dubose depended on her African American maid who took care of her day and night, when needed. When Atticus leaves from town and leaves the children to Calpurnia she couldn’t  leave them alone that Sunday, so she decided to take them to church with her. At the church Lulu went up to Calpurnia saying “You ain’t got no business, brinin’ white chillun here – they got their church, we got our’n” (Lee 158).  Lula doesn’t want them there because the children are white and they are black. At the time whites and black were segregated. Each of them had a different church. Lula always complained of all the white people being prejudiced towards them, but in her hate for whites, and prejudice, she too, is also being racist and prejudiced.  Her showing Scout and Jem that she is being a hypocrite by her demonstrating that she is mad at a certain race for doing exactly what she does.  Atticus has told his kids to  not let anybody tell them that they shouldn’t be a certain type of person because somebody tells them so. Atticus lets Aunt Alexandra get in his head and tells his children ” ‘No, I just wanted to explain to you that – Your Aunt Alexandra asked me… to try and impress upon you and Jean Louise that you are not from the run-of-the-mill- people, that you are the product of several generations’ gentle breeding.. And that you should try to live up to your name-” ( Lee 177). He becomes a hypocrite because he let Aunt Alexandra get in his head and makes him tell his children that they should live up to their name, when Atticus has never spoken anything about the family to Scout and Jem. He is totally contradicting what he has told to his children.Aunt Alexandra tells Atticus that they don’t need Calpurnia anymore just because she is there.  Atticus says ” Alexandra , Calpurnia’s not leaving this until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I couldn’t get along without her all these years” (Lee 182). Aunt Alexandra thinks that becomes she is know living in the house they should get rid of Calpurnia. But at the end of the Aunt Alexandra still needs her because when she arrived to the house she made Calpurnia take her bags the house. When Aunt Alexandra needs Calpurnia to set up something she will do it.  When Tom Robinson was put into the Maycomb’s jail, Atticus had gone downtown that night and Jem, Scout and Dill had followed. They come to find that Atticus was not at his office but, he was sitting outside the jails door.  When in one’s and two’s, men got out of cars and head towards the jail doors. In the group of men Scout seemed to recognize Mr. Cunningham.  ” Don’t you remember me, Mr Cunningham.. I’m Jean Louise Finch.. You brought us some Hickory nuts one time, remember” (Lee 205) Mr. Cunningham was a hypocrite , even though Atticus helped him get out of some legal affairs. Him and his people were going to go and beat up Atticus.The trial starts, everybody is anxious to know what’s going to happen to Tom Robinson and also to know the truth. Bob Ewell makes himself be seen as if he is better than a decent, hard-working, family-orientated man. During the court Atticus asks him ” Can you read or write… Will you write your name and show us” (Lee 236). When Mr. Ewell rights his name, Atticus sees that he is left- handed.It’s only possible for a person to be left handed to beat somebody on the right side. When Heck Tate found Mayella he says that she was well beaten up on the right side of her face. Tom Robinson couldn’t have beaten her because his left hand got caught in a cotton gin when he was just  twelve years old and all his muscles were torn loose.  Bob Ewell doesn’t want the people of Maycomb to know the truth of what he saw Mayella doing. Mayella is always home, taking care of her other siblings, she doesn’t have any friends. Tom says that he always passes by the Ewell’s house on his way to the field. When Mayella was testifying she said that she had never called him inside the fence not even before that. But Tom says that sometimes he would do favors for her, that she would always have something for him to do. On November twenty-first Tom says ” I was goin’ home as usual that evenin’… she says for me to come there and help her a minute… she says ‘Naw, I got somethin’ for you to do in the house. Th’ old door’s off its hinges an’ fall’s comin’ on pretty fast” (Lee 258). He tells her that the hinges are all right, when he is about to leave Mayella asks him to step on a chair and to get a box down from on top of the chiffarobe. He had done what Mayella asked him to do when Tom Robinson says “When the next thing I knows she-she’d grabbed me round the legs.. She scared me so bad i hopped down an’ turned the chair over…  She hugged me round the waist…She reached up an’ kissed me’ side of th’ face, She says she never kissed a grown man before an’ she might as well kiss a nigger”( Lee 259- 260). Tom Robinson see’s Mr. Ewell looking through the window. Tom heard what Bob Ewell said to Mayella. ” You goddamn whore, I’ll kill ya” ( Lee 260). Bob Ewell was the one who beat her up, he was a drunken men who didn’t care about his children.  All he does is lie through his teeth and does a poor job at covering up his more based qualities. When court was resumed Judge Taylor was polling the jury: “Guilty…. guilty…. guilty….guilty…” (Lee 282). With some much evidence thrown at them, they stayed closed minded and put Tom Robinson in jail.Aunt Alexandra hosts a Missionary Tea for the ladies of Maycomb. They got together to socialize and discuss J. Grimes Everett Missionary work in Africa.  Mrs. Merriweather was the most devoted lady in Maycomb. She talks about the terrible conditions of the Mruna tribe in Africa. Promising financial aid and support for the missionary who is trying to christianize them. “Not a white person’ll go near’ em but that saintly J. Grimes Everett” (Lee 309). Nearly in the same breath she turns to talk bad about the black people in her neighborhood, people who also have problems that she could actually do something about but instead she doesn’t to anything but say bad things about them.  She tuats in righteousness and in charity, but does not act on it when situations right in front of her arise.  Mrs. Merriweather criticizes the First lady Eleanor Roosevelt  visit to Birmingham in support of equal rights for Negros. Calling the First lady a ” Born hypocrite”. Mrs Merriweather saying ” At least we don’t have that sin on our shoulders down here… Down here we just say you live your way and we’ll live ours” (Lee 313). School starts and Scout is in the third grade and Jem is in the seventh. Scout’s third grade teacher Miss Gates, make the children do a current events activity in class. Cecil Jacobs current event was about Adolf Hitler. On how he was after the jews and he is putting them in prisons, taking away all of their properties and he won’t let any of them leave out the country. Miss Gates starts to discuss on the different type of government the United States and Germany has. 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 prejudiced” (Lee 329). Her way of criticizing the way Germans are persecuting the jew even though that in her town people are get persecuted.

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