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, among her own neighbors. For example, she begins to put two and two together when her teacher, Miss Gates, tells them that the persecution of the Jews in Germany is wrong. Miss Gate describes the Jews as religious and hardworking people who are nevertheless not treated equally under the law in Germany. She contrasts this to the US, where, Miss Gates insist, people are treated equally.
Now that she has...
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