Analyze the trial scene and its relationship with the rest of the novel

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Analyse the trial scene and its relationship to the rest of the novel:

The trial scene, which takes up several chapters of the book, can be seen as the climax of the story. This part of the book sums up some themes Harper lee refers to in the novel such as racial prejudice, morality, injustice and maturity. The trial is the backbone of the novel, and was an effective way to for the author to show that racism was present in the society of Maycomb and its relationship with the novel becomes apparent.
Shortly before the trial begins, Scout has made Mr Cunningham “stand in someone else’s shoes” by singling him out of the lynching mob and getting him to view the Tom Robinson case from the view of her father. This is all a lead up to the trial
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The reader also sees that he is innocent and is put in jail and later on is killed. He is injured beyond repair by injustice. He makes a huge mistake in the trial when he tells the judge that he felt sorry for Mayella Ewell, which was socially unacceptable, and Tom Robinson challenges this unwritten rule which makes many turn against him.
Mayella Ewell is pitiable, her lugubrious existence almost allows her to join the novel’s band of innocent victims- she, too is a kind of mockingbird, injured beyond repair by poverty, hatred and racial bias all around her. She has lacked kind treatment in her life, having to live in a shack, getting beaten by her father, and dealing with her man siblings. She admits to not having any friends and Scout remarks that she “must be the loneliest person in the world, even lonelier than Boo Radley.” However her miserable life can’t at all excuse the evil she had done, “Tom was a dead man as soon as Mayella screamed”. She gets rid of the “thing” which makes her guilty and lies to the court as she could not manage the painful daily reminder, everyday Tom by her house to go to Link Deas’ farm. This shows poorly of her morals.
We are told the jury consists of white people as Scout said that most of the jury looked “sunburnt.” Also in Mayella’s statement she calls them “fine fancy gentleman” which tells us that not only were they white, they were all men. This shows us how men in Maycomb viewed women and black people.

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