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and be looked down upon at school. A large amount of To Kill a Mockingbird is focused on a trial between a black man, Tom Robinson and a white girl, Mayella Ewell. This trial is a major learning experience for Scout because her father is asked by the county to defend the black man, Tom Robinson which causes much of the town to be against him. Scout deals with her neighbors, class mates and even her own family turning against or putting down her father. Scout becomes real angry because ofpeople turning against her family and fights her own cousin, and also wants to fight her classmates. Scout learns to deal with these “trashy people” because Atticus explains to her that what they say should not mean anything. “Scout,’ said Atticus, ‘nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything—like snot-nose. It’s hard to explain-ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It’s slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody…” “I’m hard put, sometimes-baby, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you…” (Mockingbird. Pg, 108)In this segment, Attiucs is explaining to Scout that it is okay for people to call you bad names, just do not let it get to you because chances are they are just jealous. Though most of the town was against Atticus for defending Tom, hehad no problem doing this and actually felt better about himself because he did what he had to do and knew he could prove a point by doing so.Scout also has another learning experience also affiliated with this trial. On the day of the trial, Jem Scout and Dill snuck into the courthouse and sat with the blacks on the balcony. They watched the whole trial and were “caught” just before the jury was dismissed to discuss their sentencing.