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fushi | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted December 4, 2010 at 1:54 AM via web

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What parallels does Scout see between the mob-scene and the mad dog scene?

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 4, 2010 at 4:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Both the scene of the mob of angry men who accost Atticus Finch at the Maycomb jail and the scene in which Tim Johnson, the dog belonging to Harry Johnson, a bus driver who made runs to Mobile on the coast, illustrate what Miss Maudie expresses to Jem and Scout, "If your father's anything, he's civilized in his heart." 

For, in both situations, Atticus does not want to act:  He desires not to be the one to kill Tim Johnson, telling Sherriff Tate to shoot, nor does he have any desire to go to the city jail to protect Tom Robinson.  In fact, in both cases, Atticus, who hates guns and violence, acts out of conscience and duty to defend the innocent in both situations.  In both cases, Atticus acts as Jem notes in Chapter 10:  "Atticus is a gentleman, just like me."

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