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zainab78 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2008 at 5:24 AM via web

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From Chapter 25 of To Kill a Mockingbird, explain the contrast Scout draws between the court and the secret courts of people's hearts.

Explain the contrast Scout draws between the court where Tom was tried and the secret courts of men's hearts. In what way are hearts like courts? This is from To Kill a Mockingbird in Chapter 25.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM (Answer #1)

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Hearts are often seen as things that have a rational side and an emotional or irrational side.  Courts are supposed to be completely rational but can also be governed by emotion or other irrational forces.

In this case, there are myriad examples and evidence demonstrating that Tom is innocent, but the emotion and prejudice of the town is such that he cannot get a fair trial.

As Scout supposes and others sometimes agree, the town seems to be filled with people with hearts that cannot respond to reason or rationality and are rotten with hate and prejudice.  So too is the court in this case as its rational function is overridden by the emotion and prejudice surrounding the case.

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monkeyhope12 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 25, 2011 at 10:42 AM (Answer #2)

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The courts of hearts are much more emotional and open about their opinions because no one is there to judge, while the court where Tom  was tried had to be less opinionated and more rationalizing. Hearts are like courts because hearts still rationalize and courts still  display emotion.

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chirstopher | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted December 2, 2008 at 4:43 PM (Answer #3)

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the tender mind of scout was badly entangled in the the case from which she draws out the similarity that whatsoever happened in the court was, as a matter of fact, merely prejudice, the innocence of Tom was crystal clear to each and every person present in the court yet. nobody stepped forward. nevertheless Ewell was highlt disgust by the society but his skin colour mattered much than that of n innocent person's life. this made scout think that whatever happened in the court is the truth and actually the hearts of people are rotten with the concept of famil streaks, skin colour and status. and as in the court the decision was not justified similarily the hearts of those people are cruel and blind towards the innonence.

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