Where can I find direct quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird that show hypocrisy and show empathy?
Please include the page number if possible. I'm having trouble showing hypocrisy with a direct quote so any help would be great!
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Hypocrisy is shown clearly in the novel in the episode where Aunt Alexandra hosts the missionary circle. There the women of the circle discuss the great moral work of a missionary in Africa who is actually working to break up communities.
The missionary is said to be engaged in efforts to change a village culture because the village works in such a way that all the children are raised by the whole community. This is a large family unit, a wide and generous support system and the missionary wants to replace it with a much narrower sense of family (where biologic parentage alone defines a family unit).
This conversation is an example of hypocrisy as the women, especially Mrs. Merriweather, 1) express admiration for an immoral and misguided act and 2) express disdain for the people living in their own homes.
The ladies of the missionary circle prove how hypocritical and dangerous social rules can be. Mrs. Merriweather clearly puts her maid Sophy in a different category from her family.
Empathy is of central interest in a number of passages in the novel. The closing scene includes a specific example of Scout's burgeoning empathy.
Before she walks Boo Radley home, she expresses her understanding of what the recluse has overcome to help save her (and Jem) from Bob Ewell's attack. She has learned to walk in Boo's shoes, at least to the extent that she can imagine his feelings.
She knows that he is basically shy and harmless.
Scout tells her father that revealing Boo Radley's role in Bob Ewell's death would be "like shootin' a mockingbird."
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