To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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What are three examples of irony in chapter 12 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Chapter 12 of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird presents the reader with various examples of irony.

The First Purchase Church was initially bought by former slaves, most likely shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War. This makes the church a sanctuary specifically for Maycomb’s African American community. During a service, Reverend Sykes specifically speaks out against gambling. Ironically, Maycomb’s white population uses the church as a gambling hall during the week.

Next to the church is a graveyard which Scout labels as a “happy cemetery” due to the colorful broken bottles present. Ironically, Scout does not understand that those bottles were most likely broken by the gamblers, making “happy cemetery” a misnomer.

Scout and Jem witness their first all-black church service when Calpurnia takes them to the First Purchase Church since Atticus is out of town. When they arrive, one of the parishioners, Lulu, criticizes Calpurnia for bringing the white children into the...

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