To Kill a Mockingbird

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compare and contrast the behavior of the white spectators to that of the black spectatators?

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The day of the trial has a circus atmosphere. The whites treat the trial as an amusement. There is much gossip and recrimination of black people. The trial is a sombre occasion for the black spectators. They are forced to sit in the hot balcony but remain respectful even when the jury is clearly slanted towards Bob Ewell. Certainly the blacks held much more humility and patience than the white spectators. The blacks were hot in the balcony and had to sit calmly through racist slander from Bob Ewell and his lawyer. The whites on the floor were more agitated and interested in the spectacle of it all.