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What Atticus does in this chapter that is brave is he shoots a mad dog, Tim Johnson. This may not sound all that brave, but it is brave for two reasons:
- First, Atticus hasn't held a gun in years. He used to be a great shot, but who knows if he still is?
- Second, and related to that, he has to hit the dog. Otherwise, it might get away and hurt people. And if he misses, the bullet might hit someone since he has to shoot right there in town.
The kids are shocked because Atticus has never shown any desire to do anything "manly" like shooting and they have wished that he would.
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