How does the author show the tone of the courtroom in Monster?

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In his script, Steve creates a formal tone for the courtroom, where the lawyers adopt a businesslike manner that does not always correspond to their true feelings about the case, life, and their own clients.

Before the case gets underway in the first court scene, the lawyers and the judge share their private thoughts on the Fourth of July celebrations. The judge even admits that she hates fireworks. As soon as the jury enters, however, the whole atmosphere changes, and the lawyers and the judge adopt a more strident and measured attitude.

From the beginning, the reader understands that the lawyers see at least part of their job is to get the jury on their side. So, for example, Steve makes it a point to say...

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