To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Give and explain three examples of hypocrisy in Chapter 24 of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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In chapter 24 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra hosts a Missionary Tea for the ladies of Maycomb. It seems somewhat hypocritical of her to have had Calpurnia involved in the preparation of refreshments for this day when before, in chapter 13, she prevented Calpurnia from making "the delicacies required to sustain the Society through long reports." Judging from the comments of the ladies when Calpurnia serves them, she has been permitted to bake this time.

" . . . I never can get my crust like this, never can . . . who'd've thought of little dewberry tarts . . . Calpurnia? . . . who'da thought it . . . " (Ch.24)

Also, on this particular day, Calpurnia is needed to serve the ladies. Earlier, however, after Aunt Alexandra arrived in Maycomb, she suggested to Atticus that he let Calpurnia go: "We don't need her now." (Ch.14)

Later on in the day, Atticus comes home to ask Calpurnia to accompany him to Helen Robinson's to comfort her over the fateful news about Tom's death. The faithful members of the Maycomb A.M.E. Church South, who have earlier commiserated with Mrs. Merriweather over the living conditions of the Mrunas in Africa, give no thought to the plight of one black citizen and his family in Maycomb. As Miss Maudie serves in place of Calpurnia, the women refill their coffee cups, "dishing out goodies as though their only regret was the temporary domestic disaster of losing Calpurnia." (Ch.24)

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