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In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the trial plays up the simmering tensions between the white and black communities in Maycomb. Readers know Tom is innocent, but the all white jury refuses to acknowledge that any white man could have hurt a young girl. In the end, they find Tom guilty even though they know he is not. Tom, of course, is very disheartened by the outcome. He is afraid of what will be done to him, so when given the opportunity, he attempts an escape. As he is climbing over the fence, Tom is shot seventeen times and killed. Atticus and Calpurnia go to break the news to Tom's wife, Helen, while Scout and Dill wait in the car. Dill sees Helen collapse before Atticus can get out the words. Mr. Ewell finds joy in Tom's death even though he knows the truth.
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