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What is unusual about how long it takes the jury to reach a verdict? Is the verdict...

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carlychic | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2007 at 7:15 AM via web

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What is unusual about how long it takes the jury to reach a verdict? Is the verdict predictable or not?

This answer will be found in chapter 21 in To Kill A Mockingbird.

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teacherscribe | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 26, 2007 at 8:38 AM (Answer #2)

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The verdict is very predictable.  But what is really unheard of is how long the jury deliberated, given the racism so evident in Maycomb; it is really a testament to how hard Atticus worked in Tom's defense that the jury didn't return a guilty verdict almost instantly. 

It is also important to note that later in the novel we learn that one juror, Mr. Cunningham, was initially for an acquittal (remember he was a member of the lynch mob that came for Tom earlier in the novel).  Atticus is able to achieve a moral victory in getting the jury to deliberate for so long.  But ultimately, the racsim in which Maycomb has been steeped wins out and an innocent black man is found guilty just because of the color of his skin. 

In this Scout and Jem learn a valuable lesson - the lowest, basest white trash people in Maycomb, the Ewells, are still held in higher regard than the blacks.

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s127381 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM (Answer #3)

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you can never tell what a jury is verdict towards the defendant.

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