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Why did Tom try to escape from prison in To Kill a Mockingbird?To Kill a Mockingbird...
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Harper Lee doesn't really give much information about why Tom tried to make his escape in Chapter 24 of To Kill a Mockingbird. According to Atticus, he considered Tom's chances for a successful appeal "good"; however, Atticus adds that Tom was probably " 'tired of white men's chances' " and decided to take a chance on his own. Tom must have figured that he would have a better chance of escaping while he was in the prison yard during his exercise period. It was then that he broke into a dead run and started climbing the fence. He nearly made it, the guards told Atticus, before they riddled him with 17 bullet holes.
Posted by bullgatortail on March 23, 2011 at 11:36 AM (Answer #1)
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