To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Describe the significance of the trial scene in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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The day of the trial might have been a festival in Maycomb.  People came from all over the area to see it, on foot, by wagon, by horse.  Entire families came and picnicked on the courthouse lawn, and when Scout, Jem and Dill tried to get seats, they ended up upstairs in the balcony with the African-Americans of the community, sitting with Reverend Sykes.  This in and of itself shows a great deal about how Atticus has raised his children; they don't think twice about sitting with the blacks of the community, but it is probably safe to say that most of the whites sitting below would have done just about anything to avoid sitting where Scout and Jem were. 

There are probably a couple of reasons Lee wrote the trial scene as such an event; likely, in the Deep South during the Great Depression, there wasn't anything else to do.  Scout mentions at the beginning of the novel when she...

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