In To Kill a Mockingbird, how is Scout affected by the outcome of Tom Robinson's trial? How does Scout change after witnessing Tom Robinson's trial? What does she learn and how does the trial's...

In To Kill a Mockingbird, how is Scout affected by the outcome of Tom Robinson's trial?

How does Scout change after witnessing Tom Robinson's trial? What does she learn and how does the trial's outcome affect her?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Before the verdict is even read, she has a bad feeling, a lonely, isolated feeling. "The feeling grew until the atmosphere in the courtroom was exactly the same as a cold February morning, when the mockingbirds were still."  She knew it was coming, and when Judge Taylor read it aloud, she shut her eyes.  When she opened them, she was in a daze.  She couldn't understand what the judge was saying after her read the verdict, she slowly saw Atticus make his way to Tom and then make his exit.  And she was confused when Reverend Sykes asked her to stand in Atticus' honor.

Scout wasn't upset enough to cry, but she knew that the jurors were wrong.  Scout wasn't old enough to really understand how unfair the verdict was.  Jem was the character who reacted to it.  Harper Lee used Scout as a lens for us to see what she was learning from the scene.  Scout learned that there were people in the community who did what they could to help out.  She learned that from Miss Maudie.  There was never a lot of reaction from Scout when the verdict or Tom's death was mentioned.  But she saw how her family members each reacted, and she learned through them how unfair the world was/is.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Scout understands that because of the flawed views held by society and the racist approach they have, Tom will not survive and she is upset by this because he is an innocent man and her father did everything he could in order to save him. She realized how harsh the world truly is and this changed her view on society. 

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orchestra11 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Scout had to become more mature to be able to go to the trial. The trial made her more like an adult. No, she didn't understand most of it, but when Tom was charged as guilty, she felt like it was all unreal. Like what happened was just a dream. It made her realize how the world treated and judged other people. It changed how she thought about the world.

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lacibabyy00 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) Honors

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Scout is very young to understand why the jury is going to sentence tom robinson. She's sad because she knows alot of the people are races against his color. Hopefully atticus does a great job in defending tom.

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