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In Chapter 25 of To Kill a Mockingbird, the townspeople think Tom was a fool for...

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carlet19 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM via web

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In Chapter 25 of To Kill a Mockingbird, the townspeople think Tom was a fool for running blind at the first chance he saw. What do you think?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 25, 2011 at 12:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Atticus felt that he had a "good chance" of getting Tom Robinson released on appeal, but he couldn't convince Tom to be patient and wait until that time came. Tom's plan of escape certainly wasn't a good one, breaking into a dead run in broad daylight and trying to climb the fence despite warnings from the guards. An escape at night would certainly have given him a better chance, but any kind of escape attempt would give him the appearance of being guilty. Tom should have been thinking of his wife and children, and how they needed a husband and father to return to them. But as Atticus explained to his sister,

"I guess Tom was tired of white men's chances and preferred to take his own."

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