Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates’ disapproval of Hitler? Chapter 26 To Kill a Mockingbird

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dbrooks22 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Scout is puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval toward Hitler because of Miss Gates’ outspoken prejudices against Tom Robinson. In chapter twenty-six, Miss Gates tries to explain the reason that Hitler persecutes the Jews:

‘That’s the difference between America and Germany. We are a democracy and Germany is a dictatorship. Dictator-ship,’ she said. ‘Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced. Pre-ju-dice,’ she enunciated carefully. ‘There are no better people in the world that the Jews, and why Hitler doesn’t think so is a mystery to me.’

Miss Gates statement above puzzles Scout because, during the Tom Robinson’s trial, she saw how prejudice people were in Maycomb; she saw this with the conviction of Tom Robinson. Scout doesn't understand how Miss Gates can feel sympathy toward the persecution of the Jews but then feel nothing toward Tom Robinson who was convicted of rape because of his race.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Scout rivaled Ms Gates because during this time because as she was going through the lesson she talked about how she felt sympathy for the Jews, however, did not feel sympathy for Tom Robinson and this was what was confusing for Scout because she saw Tom Robinson in the same situation, yet the other members of Maycomb did not see this. 

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chirstopher | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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actually the lesson was going on about the nazi germans and terefore miss. gates strongly disapproved hitler. but what made scout puzzled was that if miss gats dispproves hitler for his acts than why does she herself believes in status consciousness.