What is the significance of Jem and Scout sitting with Reverend Sykes at the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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It is significant for Jem and Scout to be sitting with Reverend Sykes at the trial. Sitting with the "colored" people offers Jem and Scout an opportunity to a different perspective:

This gives Jem and Scout the perspective to feel what the colored folks feel. Jem believes that both these races should be equal and get along.

Also, by sitting in the balcony, Jem and Scout show their support for the races being treated equally. It is strong statement to what Atticus has taught his children. Jem and Scout did not think twice about sitting in the balcony with the "colored" people. They are very comfortable sitting in the balcony with the "colored" people. In fact, Jem and Scout would be the first to argue that there should not be a separation of the races anywhere but especially in court.

No doubt, Jem and Scout better understand how "colored" people feel having to sit in the balcony apart from the white people. It is humiliating to think that one is considered less because of his or her race. By sitting in the balcony, Jem and Scout can feel the distinction between "colored" folks and white folks. They are reminded that life is not fair for folks of color in Maycomb.

 

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