To Kill a Mockingbird

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after the verdict, why is the courtroom completely silent ?

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This is a point of major tension in the story. I think the black audience is shocked at how Atticus's air-tight case was rejected. The white audience and jury had to be feeling guilt because their bigotry won over obvious truth. There also had to be a moment of silence out of respect for Atticus: a man who did the right thing despite overwhelming pressure.