What title should I use for a newspaper article on Tom Robinson's trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a great question, but I will say right from the beginning that there will be many differences of opinion.  In light of this, let me give you a few suggestions and reasons why I would chose these titles for a paper. 

First, a possible title for an article could be "Bread and Circuses."  This idea comes from the Roman world, where the emperors sought to entertain people and the people wanted to be entertained.  The trial of Tom Robinson was quite a spectacle, according to the book. People dressed up and and came to watch and to be entertained.  By giving a title of "Bread and Circuses," we can indict the people for taking something very serious and making it into something else. In this way, Maycomb trivialized the trial of Tom Robinson.

Second, another possible title would be "Justice is Blind."  This is a good title for what is going on with the added double entendre.  Justice should be blind in the good sense of not being biased, but justice in Maycomb is blind in the sense of not being able to discern right and wrong. 

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