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Please explain briefly how Tom was killed in Chapter 25 of To Kill a Mockingbird? What...

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lizbeth21 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:24 AM via web

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Please explain briefly how Tom was killed in Chapter 25 of To Kill a Mockingbird

What is Atticus's explanation for Tom's attempted escape. Do you think agree with Atticus?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Atticus's explanation of this is actually in Chapter 24, not in Ch. 25.

He says that the prisoners were out for their exercise period when Tom Robinson just started running for the fence.  He says the guards shot Tom 17 times.

Atticus says that Tom was not willing to hope to get off on appeal.  He says Tom was tired of "white man's chances."

It does seem to make sense that Tom would not trust the legal system.  After all, it cheated him once, why would it do right by him now?  On the other hand, it seems possible that the guards just shot Tom because of what they thought he'd done.

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acrivera | Student, Grade 8 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM (Answer #2)

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He says that the prisoners were out for their exercise period when Tom Robinson just started running for the fence.  He says the guards shot Tom 17 times.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2015 at 6:47 PM (Answer #3)

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This happened within the prison during the exercise period and Tom must have gotten fed up which led to his unthinking actions in where he started to run free. However, because of that the guards saw their chance and shot him 17 times. In reality, these many shots were not needed, but because of their racist society they showed their true form. 

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