In To Kill a Mockingbird, what are some of the reasons people have for attending Tom's trial? What does their presence at the trial and reaction to the testimony reveal about their values?

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In the small town of Maycomb, the Tom Robinson trial is considered a major event, and the children watch the steady stream of people traveling from various parts of the county arrive to witness the trial. Scout, Jem , and Dill witness the Mennonites traveling in full wagons, Mr. X Billups riding his mule, and numerous outsiders heading towards the courthouse to watch the spectacle. Miss Maudie compares the entire event to a "Roman carnival" and Miss Stephanie pretends to be heading to the Jitney Jungle when she obviously intends on watching the trial. The vast majority of white citizens attend the trial because they hear...

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