To Kill a Mockingbird

How do the children deal with the outcome of the trial? What do their coping mechanisms reveal about each other.

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Jem is crying and angry - he thought that the case was clearly in Tom's favor. Atticus is exhausted and when Jem asks him how the jury could have done it he responds, "I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it - seems like only children weep." However, the next morning, he explains that there's a good possibility for the case to be appealed in a higher court. Scout is confused.

The children have been deeply influenced by their father as is evidenced by both of their reactions The difference between the children is that although they both have changed and matured throughout the story, Jem is now a young man, whereas Scout reacts like the little girl she is.