Miss Gates Thoughts In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a novel that takes place in Southern America, focusing on the discrimination towards black people. My written assignment will be an additional passage after Chapter 26, focusing on Miss Gates, her realizing the problematic part about her opinions, and how she justifies it. The passage takes place in Scott’s class. Thus, it is narrated by Miss Gates herself. From the way she speaks, we can conclude that there is a hypocritical viewpoint present, and she doesn’t see the similarities between what she deems bad and what she does. However, we are concluding all these from Scott’s observations. There is no insight given in the novel when it comes to Miss Gates’ thoughts. The reason why I wanted to take a deeper look at Miss Gates, Scott’s teacher, is because there is either a deep seated denial about the false mindset she possesses, or a disconnection between what she thinks and what she speaks (which is a common thing people do to avoid controversy or to reinsure their authority). Like many hypocritical people, she likely thinks her thoughts are not at all contradicting, in fact supporting one another. A teacher is supposed to be knowledgeable, and they shape younger generations. Nonetheless, Miss Gates is nowhere near this description. My aim is to find out whether she sets a bad example for kids, and by focusing on her inner monologues; I’m hoping to achieve that. Word Count: 240 WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT “Hitler ain’t no sensitive man,” my
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