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Many consider the southern ideal as consisting of stunning manor houses the breathtaking panorama and the posh populace however this ideal has been severely tarnished due to slavery Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird gives profound insight into the daily lives of citizens occupying a small-town Maycomb in the heart of the Deep South By means of the many distinctive characters their pre-Civil Rights Movement attitudes are scrutinized by a young girl Jean-Louise Finch Scout Finch and are put into the limelight through the eyes of an innocent In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee utilizes the effects of hypocrisy symbolism and irony to criticize a variety of elements in Southern life such as small town provincialism the defunct educational system and injustice Groundless intolerance undoubtedly one of the main key concepts of To Kill a Mockingbird is a large element in which Harper Lee employs the effects of hypocrisy He aint company Cal hes just a Cunningham-- Pg 24 this is one of the first times in which Scout Finch encounters groundless discrimination and sadly she fails to recognize it When one is invited to ones house one should be considered company however Scout redefines company as people who are more important than a Cunningham Although she is at a rather young age she already regards people as socially inferior due to the fact that her father is one of the few professionals in the town Although the depression greatly decreases the income for many citizens Atticus possess the respect of the town and of many higher officials due to his occupation as a lawyer Scout picks up on this advantage over other inhabitants in Maycomb and uses this to discriminate against others who are less privileged than her Another illustration of hypocrisy in Southern life deals with the social ethics within the society of that town For example Mrs Merriweather spends an afternoon at the Missionary Circle complaining about the plight
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