How does the trial change Jem and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The trial, of course, is a pivotal moment in the children's lives, one which captivates them. This is why they attend the trial (at first without their father's knowledge) in the first place. For Jem, who watches the proceedings with rapt attention, the trial results in a newfound, deep respect for his father. As the trial wraps up, he is very excited, believing that Tom will be acquitted. He is therefore devastated when the verdict is handed down. He weeps in the courtroom, saying that the decision "ain't right." His sense of justice has been shattered, a sentiment that he makes clear when he compares Maycomb to a "cocoon," one which he had always believed to be a safe and warm place. The trial convinces him that it is as full of injustice and evil as anywhere else. Atticus attempts, in a long conversation, to help him understand how the law works, especially how it is a human institution.

Scout , who is, of course, much younger, is not as outwardly affected by the event. Still, she is...

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