Hypocrisy Essay

1013 words - 5 pages

In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout and her older brother, Jem live in Maycomb, a quiet town in the south. Here rumors spread easily and most of the town thinks same. Everyone shares the same beliefs on racism and integrity. Scout learns a lot through the people she meets in the town. Atticus, her father, teaches her about injustice and her aunt, Alexandra, edifies her about social expectations. The most vital lesson she learns about is insincerity. Scout learns about hypocrisy from her school teacher, Miss Gates and her aunt’s friend, Mrs. Merriweather in the course of the lessons about Hitler and the African tribe of Mruna; through this Lee suggests that people are not ...view middle of the document...

Mrs. Merriweather tells Mrs. Fallow “, that there’s nothing more distracting than a sulky darky. Their mouths go down to here. Just ruins your day to have one of them in the kitchen.” (232). The opposition exposed between these two quotes prove to Scout how double faced even the most pious people can be. By saying “nothing more distracting,” she contradicts what she said about the Mrunas, in which she believes that their oppression is wrong. Mrs. Merriweather explicitly uses the word “ruin” to specify her hatred towards the African Americans. Everybody at the circle notices this act of hypocrisy including Scout, but only Miss Maudie takes action towards it. Mrs. Merriweather has a colored maid named Sophy, who cooks food for her. Miss Maudie asks whether “’his food sticks[s] going down […]’” (233). After this remark, Mrs. Merriweather is silenced and Aunt Alexandra gives Miss Maudie a “look of pure gratitude” implying that insincerity is never rewarded. The conflict between Mrs. Merriweather’s words proves to Scout that even the most pious people can be hypocrites.
Scout learns about Hitler through a lesson with her teacher, Miss Gates, who happens to be doubled- faced; confirming that people are never as they seem. Every week Scout’s class has a Current Events period. The subject brought up at one of these sessions was Adolf Hitler, a man who persecuted the Jews. Miss Gates has very strong beliefs about persecution and she believes that in Maycomb “‘we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced. Prejudice.’ she enunciated carefully. ‘There are no better people in the world than the Jews and why Hitler doesn’t think so is a mystery to me’” (245). Miss Gates uses the phrase “no better people” to propose the innocence of the Jews and how Hitler does not see it. The author particularly highlights “do not believe in persecuting,” to show how blind the town can be. The...

Find Another Essay On Hypocrisy Essay

Satire and Hypocrisy: Literary Criticism of Lewis’ The Monk

689 words - 3 pages Satire and Hypocrisy: Literary Criticism of Lewis’ The Monk In her essay "Satire in The Monk: Exposure and Reformation", Campbell strives to portray Matthew Lewis' The Monk as a work that is full of and dependent upon satire, yet marks a significant departure from the tradition thereof. Campbell asserts that satire "forcibly exposes an essential quality of an institution, class, etc., which individuals associated with the ridiculed body have

Hypocrisy in Steven Crane’s Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets

3608 words - 14 pages an uncommon occupation and suicide as death was also a common form of an ends to means for literature of that time as well. Crane uses Maggie and her outcome to expose the solemn slums of New York. Maggie is viewed as a victim of her bowery lifestyle and her fate is also attributed to her victimization of the hypocrisy of religion as well. She is frequently condemned to hell by her mother and brother for her choice of lifestyle, but on

False Hypocrisy

871 words - 3 pages hypocrite. Tartuffe’s ‘hypocrisy’ as many believe it to be, is simply a lie; a form of deception. Towards the close of Tartuffe, Tartuffe shows, his awareness of the deception again; when Orgon, uncovers the true nature of Tartuffe with the help of Elmire, Tartuffe is banished from the house. However, Tartuffe returns, not to restore his position in Orgons family, but to rightfully claim all of Orgons wealth. Tartuffe lies, but according to

Hypocrisy and Christianity

1157 words - 5 pages Hypocrisy and Christianity If one were to ask the American public about their views of Christians, what response would one receive? We can imagine that there would be a great variety of answers. However, most people might say that, in general, Christians are not very different from everybody else. This is a problem. There are many people who claim to be Christians whose lifestyles do not reflect their beliefs. The problem with this

The Hypocrisy of Revenge

1039 words - 5 pages . As Christ said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) The play, Hamlet, illustrates the hypocrisy of revenge. In this play, the prince Hamlet has just lost his father. While everyone thinks the death was accidental, Hamlet's dead father appears to him and tells him that his brother, Hamlet's uncle, murdered him. He commands Hamlet to avenge his death, yet not to harm his mother, because

David Copperfield is a novel of "Passionate jealousy, sniveling hypocrisy, cold hearted, sexual degradation, sexual exploitaion and much morefff

1226 words - 5 pages 'David Copperfield' is a novel of "Passionate jealousysniveling hypocrisy cold hearted fraud, sexual degradation, selfishexploitation and much more; but the final impression is one of joytempered and mellowed wisdom" Discuss.David Copperfield is probably one of the most successful novels of all time. I believe it has inspired many readers to a full life with great success. The novel itself is so real that it has even been said to be 'more real

Hypocrisy Of The Scarlet Letter

1749 words - 7 pages In The Scarlet Letter Hypocrisy is evident everywhere. The characters of Hester, Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, and the very society that the characters lived in, were steeped in hypocrisy. Hawthorne was not subtle in his portrayal of the terrible sin of hypocrisy; he made sure it was easy to see the sin at work , at the same time however, parallels can be drawn between the characters of The Scarlet Letter and of today’s society. The

Religious Hypocrisy in Renaissance England

3421 words - 14 pages " they espoused.In many of his plays, William Shakespeare was willing to bring to the stage a portrayal of his society's hypocrisy. Although they are, indeed, "a reflection of his times", it seems that these reflections are, at the very least, tellingly accurate. Even today, how many streetcorner preachers sell the "saintly" life to others, only to live a "sinful" life themselves? Although we live hundreds of years beyond Renaissance England, it is

Christian Hypocrisy: An Inevitable Crisis

3035 words - 12 pages conflicts which derive from these predicaments? Considering how America is frequently attached to the Christian religion, it is no revelation that there are Christian hypocrites that may dwell in the country. Because Christian hypocrisy on an individual basis has become such a widespread norm, it is not a complete surprise that hypocrisy has infected churches across the nation. In order to fairly examine this trend, one has to understand or be

The man of hypocrisy (analysis

974 words - 4 pages The Man of Hypocrisy "Manners are the happy way of doing things" according to Ralph Waldo Emerson. According to Emerson people use manners as a front to make themselves look better. Inherently, this will lead to a contradiction of the front and the reality. One such man who is most concerned with manners is the protagonist of Shaw's Pygmalion, Professor Henry Higgins. Higgins is a man who displays contradictions within his character. He is in

"Tess of the D'Urbervilles"- hypocrisy

1029 words - 4 pages The Victorian Era, the time in which the novel "Tess of the D'urbervilles" was composed, was a period in which industrialisation began to shape the face of England; a time of conflicting beliefs. These paradigms are critically reflected in Hardy's work, in which he explores the elements of hypocrisy within the patriarchal society, its values and attitudes towards religion, gender roles and class structure. These patriarchal models of the

Similar Essays

Capital Punishment Essay: Hypocrisy Of The Death Penalty

653 words - 3 pages The Hypocrisy of the Death Penalty If there is a desire by the American people to maintain the death penalty, let us at least be spared the hypocrisy of a justification by example.  The death penalty is a penalty, to be sure, a frightful torture, both physical and moral, but it provides no sure example except a demoralizing one. It punishes, but it forestalls nothing; indeed, it may even arouse the impulse to murder. It hardly seems to

Never Did It End Essay About Fredick Douglas And His Speech On "The Hypocrisy Of American Slavery," And Over 100 Years Later How Slavery Still Exists

772 words - 3 pages Never Did It End         Frederick Douglass, a former American slave and an aggressive abolitionist, gave his famous speech "The Hypocrisy of American Slavery" on July 4th, 1852 to a crowd of abolitionists at Rochester, New York. The speech delivered by Douglas heavily criticized the nation's policies of freedom and slavery; consequently, one could use this speech to describe modern day slavery that is still occurring in several African

Hypocrisy Essay

527 words - 2 pages Nathaniel Hawthorne used the theme of hypocrisy within his book masterfully. It was the dominant theme of the book and was expressed through many different medians. The theme of hypocrisy also had a very apparent affect on many of the characters. He used this theme to help us better understand this human fault.He revealed the main theme of hypocrisy in many different ways. One of the ways he revealed this theme was through Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale

Welcome To The Land Of Hypocrisy

1192 words - 5 pages Declaration of Independence. Although, the founding document states that all men are equal, allowing one to pursue freedoms. Americans have not lived up to its full penitential. Relinquishing the guidelines set forth by the founding fathers. Freedom and equality have become mythic ideals, not only because of what the founding document proclaims but the actions of Americans. Hiding behind a veil of hypocrisy and portraying an illusion, while