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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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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