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Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval of Hitler in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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jimmyolson | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 9, 2010 at 9:57 AM via web

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Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval of Hitler in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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teacher2011 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 9, 2010 at 10:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Hitler’s persecution of the Jews is criticized by Miss Gates in the classroom. However,  Scout has just witnessed the unjust persecution of African Americans in Maycomb through the unjust nature of Tom Robinson’s trial. Additionally, Scout overheard Miss Gates making a derogatory statement about the African Americans of Maycomb outside of the courthouse.  Scout is confused by the hypocrisy she is witnessing. As readers we see that Miss Gates is not “practicing what she preaches.” Scout is left wondering how adults in Maycomb can be judgmental of poor human behavior in other parts of the world and not notice there own poor behavior to their own neighbors.

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farrahxoxolove | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 17, 2010 at 11:33 AM (Answer #2)

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Mrs. gates is mad that Hitler is being cruel and racist to the Jews but she isn't mad that she and many other "white" people in Maycomb are being cruel and racist to "blacks".

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