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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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