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Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval of Hitler?

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boo-boo | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 9, 2007 at 5:32 AM via web

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Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval of Hitler?

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 9, 2007 at 6:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Scout is puzzled because Miss Gates doesn't disapprove of the way black people are treated because of their race, but she disapproves of how the Nazi's discriminate against the Jews because of their religion. Its one of many contradictions Scout finds when dealing with grownups and racism. Especially since Miss Gates complains about Black's getting "above themselves." Miss Gates, like most, is a hypocrite

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ardvark | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 27, 2011 at 7:35 AM (Answer #2)

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Scott is puzzled because Miss Gates is a hypocrite. She dissaproves of how the Jews were discriminated by the Nazis but essentually that is the exact same thing that happens in Maycomb every single day. The whites make the blacks feel like they are of a lesser people which was never true. People are people. This type of hypocracy and discrimination is the true reason Tom Robinson was killed leaving prison. He was only accused of rape in the first place because Mr.Ewell needed someone to blame for his "mistake" (abusing his daughter) and it was just so easy for him to blame the black man. Miss Gates contradicts herself which is why Scott is truly puzzled.

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