To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird

Despite cultures and conflicts, the fundamental bonds remain: We all belong to a common
family. The book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is a timeless classic about the
coming of age of a small southern town and it's people in the 1930's. The book follows Jem
and Scout, two siblings, who must face the harsh realities of life. Hypocrisy and racism
together make the two most important themes of all. (72 words)


Hypocrisy is as much a part of Maycomb's society as church and community spirit. For
example, Mrs. Merriweather talks about saving the poor Mruans from Africa, but she thinks
black people in her community are a disgrace (p.234). The hypocrisy of this teaching is
shown as soon as she mentions the word ‘persecution'. This is due to the fact that she
herself is persecuting the black people of Maycomb by not raising an eyebrow at the
killing of innocent black men. Furthermore, it is obvious Bob Ewell is abusive to his
daughter, Mayella, and that he is the one who violated her, not Tom Robinson (p.178).
Since there is such hypocrisy in Maycomb, there are excuses made for whites. The jury
probably thinks that if they pronounce Tom innocent the citizens will mock them as they do
to Atticus. Harper Lee uses hypocrisy to show how the people of Maycomb are so engulfed in
a variety of elements that they unknowingly complete acts of unjustified discrimination.


Racism is wrought within the whole story. For example, even though Calpernia is a female,
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