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What are the themes in chapter 24 of To Kill a Mockingbird? What is the daily life issue that we can connect to the theme of chapter 24 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

The themes of chapter 24 of To Kill A Mockingbird are hypocrisy and self-blindness. The ladies of the Missionary Society want to help Africans but are blind to the way they exploit African Americans in their own community. In today's world, we also often say we want to help the poor while supporting politics that hurt the less fortunate. It is easier to help those far away than those in our own back yards.

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The prevalent theme and the daily life issue reflected in this chapter are one and the same: racism.

Aunt Alexandra has invited members of her missionary circle over for tea, and these ladies, who claim to care about the fate of the Mruna tribe in Africa, couldn't care less about the African Americans living troubled lives right there in Maycomb. One of the more objectionable members of the party, Mrs. Merriweather, goes as far as to make a subtle claim that Atticus has been overly sympathetic to the plight of any African American in his defense of Tom.

Mrs. Merriweather also implies that Atticus is responsible for Maycomb’s African American community getting ideas which are, according to her, above their station. At the same time, she tries to make herself appear to be a good person by talking about the fact she keeps her maid, Sophy, in employment. Sophy is expected to show unending gratitude for this, despite her abysmal wages and the fact that her people are being treated unfairly...

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