What are the themes in Chapters 21 and 22 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The themes are about inequality and discrimination/prejudice. Also, in chapter 22, the maturation of Jem is evident.

The children have been at the Tom Robinson trial all day. Cal comes looking for them, giving Atticus a note stating they were missing. The kids return to the courtroom to wait for the verdict of the trial. Scout notices that the jury never looks at a man that they have found guilty. Tom was found guilty. The African Americans show their respect by standing up as Atticus leaves the courtroom.

Jem is upset about Tom's guilty verdict. To thank Atticus for his help, African Americans leave huge amounts of food at his house. Jem questions the justice seen in Maycomb because of the trial. Miss Maudie explains how some people tried to help Tom; for example, Judge Taylor appointed Atticus to defend Tom Robinson. Because the jury stayed out debating the verdict for so long, this proves that race relations have improved. Jem realizes how cruel and unjust some people can be in some circumstances.

There are several instances in these 2 chapters that relate to the themes of prejudice and maturation.

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