What conflict is evident in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee?
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There are many conflicts in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the main conflicts deals with the supposed crimes of Tom Robinson. Atticus Finch is persecuted by some members of the town for his role in defending Tom. The town is deeply divided by the trial. While most town's people know Mr. Ewell's violent tendencies, they are still prejudiced against Tom. Even after Atticus proves that Tom could not have hurt Mayella, he is still convicted. We see the deeply rooted ideas of the townsfolk when they take offense to Tom's admition of feeling sorry for Mayella. The trial serves as a catalist for some of Scout's realizations. She begins to lose some of her childish innocence and ideas as she sees the injustice of segregation and the treatment of Tom. Scout and her brother Jem witness many conflicts that arise from the trial and the effects of these conflicts on the town. Scout is even teased at school because of her father's role in the courthouse events.