To Kill a Mockingbird

What does Scout now realize about the world around her?

Chapter 26
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In Chapter 26, the coldness of the schoolchildren demonstrates that children who grow up in racist households tend to develop racist attitudes quite early in life. Just as Jem and Scout grow up in a household valuing fairness and equality, and therefore adhere to such morals. This dichotomy once again shows how people's identities and values are shaped by the society and family life in which they are raised. Scout's awareness of her teacher's hypocrisy over compassion for Jews and hatred for blacks once again demonstrates her powerful understanding of the true meaning of fairness and equality.