To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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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?

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Scout and Jem have witnessed the entire Tom Robinson trial. They know that Tom is innocent, so it comes as a blow to them when he is found guilty by the jury. They are still young enough to have hoped for justice.

Jem seems to be the one who reacts most violently to the outcome. His body jerks when the verdict is read as if he has been stabbed, and he cries at the injustice of what has happened as Atticus and the children walk home.

Yet what Jem expresses openly, Scout feels internally. She is beginning to grow up and learn hard lessons not just about the world but about the evil in her own town,...

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zumba96 | Student

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

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

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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