What do you think the trial meant to Jem that it did not mean to Scout ? Chapter 26Jem reacts furiously to Scout's question about Miss Gates's remark at the trial. What do you think the trial meant...

What do you think the trial meant to Jem that it did not mean to Scout ? Chapter 26

Jem reacts furiously to Scout's question about Miss Gates's remark at the trial. What do you think the trial meant to him that it not mean to Scout ?

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Tom Robinson's trial and the injustice of it profoundly affected Jem. He simply could not understand how the jurors could possibly have found Tom Robinsom guilty after Atticus had proven him innocent. 

In chapter 24, during Aunt Alexandra's Misssionary Society Circle meeting, Atticis comes home in the middle of the day with the news Tom Robinson was shot seventeen times as he tried  to escape jail. Atticus wants to take Cal with him to tell Helen Robinson the news.

Chapter 25 begins with an argument between Scout and Jem when Scout finds a roly-poly and pokes it; Jem insists she put it out back, she thinks he's crazy. Scout remarks it is Jem who is becoming more like a girl because she just wants to squash it.

We learn it's about a month after Tom's death and Jem has grown increasingly quiet. Scout lay awake in bed missing Dill who left at the beginning of the month, she remembers what Dill told her about how he and Jem were swimming at Barker's Eddy when they saw Atticus and Cal driving past, the boys flag them down and go along with them to the Robinson's.  Dill described how Helen, upon learning the news, "...just fell down in the dirt, like a giant with a big foot just came along and stepped on her... Like you'd step on an ant

School starts in chapter 26. Scout has Miss Gates who remarks, "There are no better people in the world than Jews, and why Hitler doesn't think so is a mystery to me," (Lee 282). Scout mentions it to Jem that night because she can't understand how Miss Gates could have said nasty things about the Black community at home the night of the Tom Robinson trial and hate Hitler.

Jem jumped out of bed, grabbed Scout and shook her and told her he NEVER to talk about that night again. 

Scout consults Atticus who says, "Jem was trying hard to forget something, but what he was really doing was storing it away for a while, until enough time had passed. Then he would be able to think about it and sort things out."

Jem is trying to make sense of the injustice and hypocrisy of the people in his hometown.

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