Where do the children sit for the trial? What does this tell you?

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In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee the courtroom is crowed and hot.  The children sneak into the courtroom to watch the trial.  They sit in the balcony which is filled with the Black members of the community.  This tells the reader that Atticus has done a good job of raising his children not to see the color of people or at least not to judge them or put themselves above anyone.  Most of the community would not have sat in the balcony because they thought themselves above the Black people.  This was an era where segregation was still very much in evidence all over the country, but especially in the deep South.  The children are invited to sit in the balcony by the Reverend and even if they had given it a second thought, the fact that the Reverend suggested it would have put their minds at ease.  They displayed no discomfort or uneasiness and they could see everything from where they sat.

"Jem and Scout find themselves out of their usual social position in this chapter, but comfortably so. When there is no room for them to sit downstairs in the courtroom, they are welcomed into the balcony where the black people sit. Both literally and metaphorically this gives them a new perspective on the trial."

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