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Why did Miss Maudie complain that Maycomb looked like a Roman carnival on the day of...

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aoer | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 20, 2007 at 3:16 AM via web

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Why did Miss Maudie complain that Maycomb looked like a Roman carnival on the day of the trail? Why were so many people in town?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 20, 2007 at 10:19 AM (Answer #1)

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The Romans were known for their exciting but barbaric celebrations which catered to the lowest instincts in humanity. For example, armed gladiators would fight one another or wild animals, and the crowd got to see blood and slaughter! To call Maycomb that is a shorthand way of saying there's a lot of people here, they are messy and loud, and the trial is bringing out the worst of them.

They are in town for the spectacle of the trial. It's a lurid topic: a black man accused of raping a white woman. They are there for the slaughter, and to see Atticus take on the town.

Greg

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