What are some direct quotes of hypocrisy by Aunt Alexandra in To Kill A Mockingbird?Please give direct quotes from the book!!!!!

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

    Atticus's sister Alexandra finds fault with many things in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, but she is hardly a perfectionist in any sense of the word.
    Aunt Alexandra believed that heredity is all-important in determining the character of an individual. As the Finch family is one of Maycomb's oldest, she thinks highly of herself and all family members, including her cousin, the writer, Joshua St. Clair. However, when Scout points out that Joshua "was locked up for so long... he tried to shoot the president," Alexandra stood "stiff as a stork. "That's all," she said. "We'll see about this."
    Aunt Alexandra believes that Atticus is a poor father, and that Jem and Scout need a stricter upbringing. But her own child, Henry, has done an abysmal job with his son, Francis. "Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover," he declared to Scout. And then to deliberately antagonize Scout, he 

... crooned softly, "Nigger lover..." 
    This time I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth.

    In Chapter 23, Alexandra refuses to allow Walter Cunningham Jr. in the house, declaring that the Cunninghams may be good folks, but "they're not our kind of folks... he--is--trash..." 
    Later in the chapter, Alexandra's missionary circle meets to discuss the fate of the poor African tribe, the Mrunas. The women declare sympathy for the Mrunas, but Mrs. Merriweather and Mrs. Farrow soon begin to denounce the black citizens of Maycomb. When Miss Maudie fires back, Alexandra "gave Miss Maudie a look of pure gratitude." Although Alexandra herself did not join in on the anti-Negro talk, she continues to ingratiate herself and be hospitable to the women who had just spoken in such an un-Christian-like manner.   

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During Aunt Alexandra's mission circle meeting at the Finch residence Atticus reveals to his sister that Tom Robinson has been shot no fewer than seventeen times while trying to escape from prison. Aunt Alexandra, though stunned at the news nonetheless manages to compose herself before returning to her civilized little social gathering as if nothing has happened. Alexandra is happy to sit with the other church ladies and discuss the importance of converting the natives in Africa in Christianity, but when an African American male is brutally killed on her own doorstep, her main concern is with keeping up appearances as a refined Southern lady. Scout notices:

Aunt Alexandra looked across the room at me and smiled. She looked at a tray of cookies on the table and nodded at them. I carefully picked up the tray and watched myself walk to Mrs. Merriweather. With my best company manners, I asked her if she would have some. After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I.

Nor will she confront the ladies when they make derogatory remarks about African Americans. Again, what matters to her more than anything else is that a ladylike appearance must be maintained at all times.

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