Why does Miss Maudie compare watching the trial to a Roman carnival?
A Roman Carnival has been defined as an event which resembles Mardi Gras. A tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, this celebration is, to this day, a popular event in Italy, and other countries such as Brazil (whose carnival in Rio is the largest in the world).
Traditionally, Roman carnival consisted of a large public celebration that lasted 8 days, ending the night of Fat Tuesday, the day marking the beginning of Lent . . . During Carnival, the most famous streets and squares would be filled with spectators captivated by the shows, music, masked processions and stands selling goods.[http://www.welcometorome.net/en/about-rome/roman%20culture/roman-carnival]
Miss Maudie's allusion is an apt one, as people from all over the county come to Maycomb's square where the courthouse is located. The parade of odd folks in wagons and other residents of the city set up "picnic parties" on the lawn. When Dill asks Miss Maudie if she is not going, this sensible woman answers that she refuses...
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