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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is wrong with Tim Johnson?  

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Posted June 4, 2013 at 3:40 AM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is wrong with Tim Johnson?

 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 3, 2013 at 2:17 AM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 10, Tim Johnson is the liver-colored bird dog belonging to Mr. Harry Johnson who drives a bus; Tim Johnson roams the streets while his owner is gone. One day Jem watches this dog who acts abnormally; concerned, he asks Calpurnia to take a look at him. When she espies him, the dog walks erratically; she grabs the children and hurries them home where she phones Atticus, telling him there is a mad dog on their street.

When Sheriff Tate arrives with Atticus, Heck Tate insists that Atticus use the rifle. Shocked by his expertise, the children see their father shoot the dog in the head, killing him instantly. Unbeknowst to the children, Atticus has been known as "Ol' One Shot."

Later, when Tom Robinson is shot as he tries to escape from the Maycomb jail, the memory of Tom Robinson is recalled. For, Tom is shot dead, and his fears mean nothing, just as those of the dog mean nothing. Thus, Tim Johnson becomes symbolic of the damaged innocent who is sacrificed for the society.

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