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In Chapter 12 of To Kill a Mockingbird, how was Jem's and Scout's visit to First...

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Posted December 4, 2009 at 2:07 AM via web

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In Chapter 12 of To Kill a Mockingbird, how was Jem's and Scout's visit to First Purchase Church?

 

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted December 4, 2009 at 2:32 AM (Answer #1)

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When they first enter the church, a female parishoner, Lulu, criticizes Calpurnia for bringing white children into an all-black church.  This is important because Jem and Scout now realize what it feels like to be considered a minority.  This reverse discrimination they experience will aid them in determining how wrong their little town is in the judgement of Tom Robinson.  Their visit improves, however, when Reverand Sykes welcomes them and tells them that everyone knows their father.  This visit is also important because the congregation takes up a collection to aid Tom Robinson's wife, Helen.  The church scene also exposes extreme poverty to the children, as most of the congregation cannot read the hymns, nor do they have enough money to purchase hymns for the parishoners. 

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