In girl. You live in a Christian home

In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it tells us a story of prejudice and inequality in a town called Maycomb in Alabama. While the women of Maycomb have a missionary tea, they express their feelings and thoughts that they are truly good people with valuable morals. But then almost immediately after display their enmity towards certain ethnic groups and show their ignorant hypocrisy which shows how prejudice and bigotry hinder equality.Mrs. Merriweather shows hypocrisy when she says that she has seen in an African tribe called the Mrunas what true sin and poverty looks like and that Scout is lucky to be in the position she’s in. Mrs. Merriweather is talking about the tribe she says “Jean Louise, you are a fortunate girl. You live in a Christian home with Christian folks in a Christian town. Out there in  J. Grimes Everett’s land, there’s nothing but sin and squalor”(309). This shows hypocrisy because a Christian knows that there is sin everywhere even in Maycomb and every other place on earth. Mrs. Merriweather is “placing herself on a pedestal” and unintentionally saying that because they are not Christian, they must have horrible morals, are surrounded by poverty, and live in sin. Mrs. Merriweather believes that because she is a Christian, she is a better person than everyone who is not of the christian faith. But being a good person has nothing to do with your religion, it has to do with your actions. Treating other people with kindness, respect, and honesty without knowing how they will react back is how all people should work to become better individuals. Believing in the Christian faith doesn’t stop you from living in severe poverty either. Many Christians families live in poverty in Maycomb such as the Cunninghams and the Ewells, the great depression has put many families in poverty. It is an absurd idea to have the perception that all Christian families are financially stable. Being a Christian does not make you a good person nor does it stop you from living in squalor.


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