I'm writing a five paragraph essay about hypocrisy in To Kill A Mockingbird, and I need help thinking of three points for my paragraphs. 

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There are many examples of hypocrisy in the book. Here are three examples.

First, we see hypocrisy in Miss Caroline. She is an educator who criticizes Scout for being able to read. This episode takes place very early in the book, but it shows that there is something odd about Maycomb. 

Second, we see hypocrisy in the Missionary Society of Maycomb. Miss Merriweather is the poster person for hypocrisy. She says all the right things, and it seems that she has a huge heart for the people in Africa. However, she does not know that there is injustice in her own backyard. For example, Tom Robison just died, and she does not care at all. Here is a quote, which shows how hypocritical she is.

I said to myself, when I go home I’m going to give a course on the Mrunas and bring J. Grimes Everett’s message to Maycomb and that’s just what I’m doing.

Third, we see hypocrisy in the sanctimonious words of Miss Gates. She criticizes Hitler for his intolerance, but she does not see her own intolerance or the intolerance of Maycomb. Her words are a perfect example of the blind hypocritical hate of Maycomb.

“Hitler is the government,” said Miss Gates, and seizing an opportunity to make education dynamic, she went to the blackboard. She printed DEMOCRACY in large letters. “Democracy,” she said. “Does anybody have a definition?"

“Us,” somebody said.

I raised my hand, remembering an old campaign slogan Atticus had once told me about.

“What do you think it means, Jean Louise?"

“‘Equal rights for all, special privileges for none,’” I quoted.




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