The Dog looked like it was sick somehow so Scout and Jem ran home to tell Calpurnia. One day a rabid dog appears on the Finch's street. Tate told Atticus to shoot the dog. He has difficulty articulating his thoughts, and Miss Maudie is delighted that Atticus has impressed his children. He has a hat on. When Scout excitedly tells Jem that they can tell all their friends about their father's legendary skill, Jem tells her not to say anything about it.
In fact, Atticus does a lot of nothing all day every day. Atticus, who has not even reached his fiftieth birthday, seems old to Scout, much older than her classmates' dads, and too old to do anything interesting like play tackle football. And to top it all off, he wore glasses. Miss Maudie explained that Atticus didn't hunt because he realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most creatures, and he decided that he wouldn't shoot anymore until it was necessary. Scout waits for him to come back, and is very afraid that something will happen to him while he is out, or that Atticus will catch him and discover that he is not at home.
He had never mentioned it before because Atticus was too much of a gentleman to brag about his marksmanship. It's obvious that Scout and Jem have no idea their father is capable of shooting a gun, and they certainly do not expect him to be a crack shot. Atticus was much older; he was 50 years old. Atticus Is Good at Something! It's still far off, and Heck Tate, the sheriff of Maycomb, says only Atticus is marksmen enough to hit the dog from such a distance. Do you think that this is her view as she tells the story or her view when she was younger? This is the title of this novel because it is relating to the trial of Tom Robinson. Scout wants to brag at school, but Jem says not to: if Atticus was proud of it he would have told them.
Dubose was addicted to morphine and the reading sessions helped her kick the habit before she died. However, after Atticus shot a mad dog on his first attempt, Scout began to regard him with newfound admiration. Luckily, Uncle Jack steps up. The dog stopped in front of the Radley house, and Heck was afraid that if he shot and missed, the bullet would go into the house and the dog would attack. Jem asked Scout if she saw that when Atticus got all relaxed and looked like he and the gun were one. When Jem loses his pants in their efforts to get away, he is highly embarrassed by having to explain himself.
By the time Atticus and Maycomb's sheriff arrive, the dog, Tim Johnson, is nearly at the Radleys' front gate. They want to find out if they can see Boo or not. At first, each reading session is cut short by Mrs. Despite Atticus' objections, the sheriff insists that he be the one to shoot Tim Johnson. But she is also courageous; fighting a battle against morphine she knows is both right and probably a lost cause.
They alert Calpurnia, who immediately orders the children into the house and calls Atticus at his office. Tom Robinson is a kind hearted coloured man who is acussed of sexually abusing a young white woman and is on a death sentence if convicted. Scout was confused because there were plenty of blue jays around to shoot. Explain its meaning in the scene and take a guess as to the idea's larger meaning. Tate kept telling him to do it because he was a bad shot. When Scout doesn't understand what her father is saying, she asks Miss Maudie and she explains that a mockingbird does nothing more then make beautiful music for everyone to enjoy.
Jem is horrified, but Atticus explains that Mrs. The mockingbird represents true goodness and purity, they are creatures that sing beautifully and do no one harm. Heck Tate was very hesetant about shooting Tim Johnson because he confessed that he had a very bad shot aim. Scout and Jem, astonished, learn that when Atticus was young he was the best shot in the county. Scout didn't know that Atticus could do anything cool like shooting a crazy dog. At this point in the novel, we can infer that Atticus is referring to refraining from hurting people or things that are innocent and bring us joy.
Also if Atticus didn't tell Jem and scout about his shooting ability, he probably didn't want every other kid to know about. Scout thinks aloud about bragging about Atticus at school on Monday, but Jem warns her against doing this. Jem gets his pants caught, and he has to leave them there, caught in the fence, so he can get away with Scout and Dill. What reason does he give for saying this? Atticus is modest and prefers not to elaborate on the extent of his ability. They have been mended and hung on the fence, and Jem believes that it was Boo who mended them for him.
Everybody came outside to see the damage and Atticus shouted at Jem and Scout to stay away because he was still dangerous dead. Chapter Six The boys do their best to obey Atticus' orders, but on Dill's last summer day in Maycomb they decide that they will sneak over to the Radley house and look through a shutter that is loose. Perhaps they have hunted before or were childhood friends. Atticus came home and saw Scout. Heck brings a rifle and asks Atticus to shoot the animal. Everybody was talking about how Atticus was going to defend a black man in court. Atticus sits next to Tom Robinson.
Other kids Dads would hunt and drink and smoke and had more exciting jobs than Atticus. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. Miss Maudie clarifies things for him when she explains that Atticus doesn't hunt because he doesn't like killing living things. Furthermore the fact that they are on first name basis highlights their friendship. Despite Atticus being so boring the talk of the school was Atticus. They see a man's shadow. What does the shooting of Tim Johnson reveal about Heck Tate and Atticus? This information is confusing to Jem.