How are the characters affected by the outcome of Tom Robinson's trial?

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The outcome of the trial is critical to Jem and Scout's process of maturation. Scout and Jem believe that Tom will be acquitted because the evidence is in favor of his acquittal. When he is found guilty, they know that the legal system in Maycomb is unjust and that the adults who made the decision are flawed and racist. They develop the idea that life is not always ideal, and their disappointment makes them more mature and wiser about the world.

Atticus is also disappointed by the verdict, as he held out hope for a fair trial. However, he takes comfort in knowing that the jury did not decide immediately but took a little while to render their verdict. To Atticus, this means that they actually...

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