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chwchika94 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 16, 2008 at 3:47 AM via web

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Where in the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" does Mrs. Gates make her racist comment against blacks on the courthouse steps?

What page number or even chapter could I find this information? I am trying to write a paper about how Lee shows hypocrisy in the novel.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 16, 2008 at 4:55 AM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 26 of "To Kill a Mockingbird", Miss Gates, Scout's third grade teacher, gives a lesson on current events. Miss Gates discusses how the Jews have suffered under Adolf Hitler. Scout begins to see how the Jew's experiences and those of Blacks in Maycomb are similar. Then Scout remember that Miss Gates said said that someone should teach Blacks" a lesson, and how they were getting way above themselves, and the next thing they will think they can marry us.” Scout asks her brother about the remark and Jem says he never wants to hear about what happened at the courthouse again. Atticus explains that Jem thinks he can forget about the trial but he will actually store up the memories and think about them later.

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