How do the white people in Maycomb feel about the death of Tom Robinson ?
It makes "hardly a ripple" on the townspeople as a group. In fact, in chapter 25, Scout tells us that it took just about two days for the news to be spread throughout the town, and for Tom Robinson to be forgotten forever. Individual white folks like Miss Maudie, Mr.Underwood and Bob Ewell are deeply stirred in different ways by his death.
Bob Ewell makes a threat as if Tom's death was intentional and he has further intentions to see to others deaths.
Miss Maudie uses it as a lesson to compliment Atticus' teachings to his children.
Mr. Underwood's is probably the most dramatic response. He writes an article likening Tom's death to the innocent killing of songbirds. Who knows how many adults were affected by his article and left their reactions unspoken. These might be some of the defining moments of our history: when individuals read and think.
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