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Hypocrisy in to Kill a Mockingbird

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The prejudiced views in Maycomb County created a very chaotic future for the children. “ i don’t know how they could convict Tom Robinson, but they did it. They’ve done it again and again and when they do it-seems that only children weep.” (225) Tom Robinson symbolizes every ‘black’ person who has been wrongly convicted and prosecuted under this judicial system. Children are known to be unjudgemental and therefore are somewhat attached to Tom Robinson. They are oblivious to the false beliefs’ that society has instilled upon the community. The children are tremendously effected by the wrongful conviction of Tom Robison in the corrupted judicial system. Jem and Scout, who had seen Toms trails, were in shock to find out that their ‘perfect’ little community had plenty of flaws. They understood that Tom was innocent and that all the evidence second that. But what as confusing to them was how they could understand that, but others couldn’t. They were confused as to why Tom was convicted when the evidence clearly said otherwise. When finding out that toms sentence had nothing to do with facts, but had everything to do with colour...this is what made the children weep. This is what drove a connection between the children and the wrongly convicted.

Hypocrisy is shown in Miss Gates when she shifts between extremes in opinions. Some of what she says contadics what she truly belives in. “ jem how can you hate hitler so bad an’ turn around and be ugly about fols right at home...”. (247) Scout may not know the word for which she is trying to express, but what she does know is hyprocisy when she witneses it. She says something is bad yet she does it herself, meaning Miss Gates is two-faces. How can a teacher, who is a ro-model to her students and others possibly think or say that? Miss gates, is saying, in other words that the people of Maycomn country arnt prejudiced and therefore do not persecute anyone. Miss Gates is clearly a hypocrite, and this effects the citizens of...