To Kill a Mockingbird

Reading Mr. Underwood’s editorial about Tom Robinson, Scout concludes, “Tom had been given due process of law to the day of his death . . . but in the secret court of men’s hearts Atticus had no case.” What does she mean?

The rest of the question is Could she have reached such a conclusion at the beginning of the novel? Explain why or why not.

Excerpt from the last few paragraphs of Chapter 25.


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Scout meant that the inherent prejudice in men's hearts superseded any fairness that the law offered. Scout had to reflect on the whole experience to have the wisdom to say this. She was just a child at the beginning of the book.