To Kill a Mockingbird - The Ladies of Maycombe

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The ladies of Maycomb are very significant as it shows the ladies’ attitude and beliefs in their own sense of being good Christians and at the same time revealing their hypocrisy and bigotry. ‘I tell you Gertrude, you never ought to go let and opportunity go by to witness for the Lord’. Mrs Merriweather, like the other ladies, believe it is Christian duty to remind the ‘darkies’ of behaving in a Christian way as when she tells Sophy ‘you simply are not being a Christian today’ They view Maycomb as a Christian town with Christian folks but this does not include the black people. The ladies believe that Tom’s wife needs the help of the church to lead a Christian life. That she needs their forgiveness before she can move on in life. The hypocrisy and bigotry shown in their attitude to the Mrunas, who they feel sorry for, because of ‘the poverty, the darkness, the immortality’. Yet this sympathy does not extend to the blacks in their town as Mrs Farrow points out ‘we can educate them till their blue in the face, we can try till we drop to make Christians out of them but no lady is safe in her bed these nights’. The irony of the ladies belief is shown in Mrs Merryweather calling the Northerners hypocrites explaining that “at least we don’t have the deceit to say yes, you are as good as us but stay away ... we live our way and they [the blacks] live theirs’ Yet they seem insistent to interfere with Tom’s family. What is really significant is that these ladies do not consider themselves to be racist or intolerant. The use of derogatory language, for example “sulky”, “darky” and “never entered that wool of hers” is normal for them, as well as Maycomb, when referring to blacks. Finally, they see that they are being charitable and Christian in their willingness to forgive and forget the Negros reaction to the trial which shows they have no understanding nor do they care about
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