Why does Atticus save Miss Maudie's rocking chair in Chapter 8 of "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
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As Miss Maudie's house is burning, Atticus dashes to the rescue, and in the process, retrieves her rocking chair from the blaze. His reasoning may have had something to do with symbolism: The chair itself was symbolic of Miss Maudie's persona -- whenever Miss Maudie was thought of by other characters, she was almost always pictured sitting in that rocker. It was like a crucial part of her, and this recognition is what spurs on Atticus's action.
Miss Maudie later comes to accept the house fire with an air of dignity, and even humor, telling Scout that she would have burned the place down herself, had she not feared being hauled away to the asylum.
Atticus saves Miss Maudie's oak rocking chair because it was what she chrished and valued most.
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