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Why is Mrs. Merriweather a hypocrite?

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rlee14 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 23, 2010 at 12:57 PM via web

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Why is Mrs. Merriweather a hypocrite?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 23, 2010 at 10:38 PM (Answer #1)

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You can read about Mrs. Grace Merriweather in chapter 24 when Aunt Alexandra has her missionary women for tea. Mrs. Merriweather is a hypocrite because she is going on and on about being a good Christian and practicing good Christian values when she herself is a stereotypical bigot. She tells Scout all about the missionary work of J. Grimes Everett among the Africans, and yet when it comes to the Blacks in their own community of Maycomb, she complains that the "Darkies" are grumbling over what happened at Tom Robinson's trial. She says that there is nothing worse than a grumbling "Darkie". Her attitude, even towards the Africans, is a patronizing one. She tells the women that if the Blacks in Maycomb just will realize that "we forgive them" then the whole thing will blow over. She treats the Blacks in Maycomb as if they were still slaves.

It is ironic that her first name is "Grace" because she does not understand the concept of grace according to the Bible.

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