To Kill a Mockingbird

Overall, what is the reaction of the children (Jem, Scout, and Dill)? Do they understand? Connect it to a theme.

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All of them reacted with shock and sadness. Perhaps Jem's reaction best represents how they all felt to varying degrees. 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."