How does Maycomb react to the news of Tom Robinson's death?
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The first thing they do is blame Tom. In chapter 25 it says, "To Maycomb, Tom's death was typical. Typical of a ni---- to cut and run. Typical of a n---'s mentality to have no plan, no thought for the future, just run blind first chance he saw...You know how they are."
The news lasted maybe two days in Maycomb. It spread pretty fast, and then it was over with. The only interesting thing about his death appeared in the The Maycomb Tribune the next Thursday. It was an editorial that likened the killing of a "criple" to the "senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children." Although Mr. Underwood was a racist himself, his editorial showed that he respected both Atticus and the law. That's why he was there with a gun the night of the Sarum Bunch mob. He wanted to point out how the theme of killing a mockingbird fit Tom's death.
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