In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, how does the outcome of the trial affect the characters? 8 different characters please

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TOM ROBINSON.  Tom naturally has the most to lose, and although Atticus tries to convince him that they have a good chance to have his conviction overturned on appeal, Tom loses hope once he is behind bars.

BOB EWELL.  Bob expects that the trial will make him a celebrity in Maycomb, but soon people forgot about the trial, and Bob returned to his status as "the disgrace of Maycomb." He decides that Atticus and Judge Taylor have further disgraced him, and he decides that he wants revenge.

MAYELLA EWELL.  We don't know how she feels after the trial, but she is angered by what she believes as being mocked by Atticus.

JEM FINCH.  Jem is disgusted by the jury's decision, and he wonders if juries should be abolished altogether. He also questions whether Atticus has any real supporters in the town. Jem put it simply:

"It ain't right, Atticus... How could they do it?" 

SCOUT FINCH.  Scout wishes that she were the governor of Alabama:

"I'd let Tom Robinson go so quick the Missionary Circle wouldn't have time to catch its breath."

ATTICUS FINCH.  Atticus is not surprised by the verdict; he knew from the start it was a case he could not win. But he believes Tom has a chance to be released from prison following a successful appeal--one that will never come once Tom is killed trying to escape.

AUNT ALEXANDRA.  Atticus' sister supports her brother, but she worries that the children may have been too young to be exposed to such a serious case--a rape trial. She also worries that Bob Ewell might seek retaliation against Atticus.

MISS MAUDIE ATKINSON.  Miss Maudie is Atticus' top supporter, and she knew that Atticus was the only man who could keep the jury out as long as it was. She explains to Jem that

"... some men in this world were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them."

SHERIFF HECK TATE.  Sheriff Tate came to realize that Tom was innocent.

"There's a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it's dead. Let the dead bury the dead..."

B. B. UNDERWOOD.  A man who "despises" Negroes, the newspaper editor nevertheless recognizes the injustice of the verdict and of Tom's later death, likening it to

... the senseless slaughter of songbirds.


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