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Why is Tom Robinson an evil axe murderer, and why does he kill Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM (Answer #1)

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I'm afraid you've been given some faulty information when it comes to some of the important events that take place in To Kill a Mockingbird. It is obvious that you have not read the novel in its entirety, and I won't ruin this terrific reading opportunity by spoiling the plot for you. However, I can assure you that at no point in the novel is Tom Robinson accused of murder by axe; and, if you read the first page of the novel, Scout (as the narrator) reveals that she and Jem--as adults several decades in the future--still head to Atticus when they seek advice. It is true that Tom is accused of a wretched crime and that Scout and Jem worry for their father's safety, but Tom doesn't use his axe to kill Atticus (he uses it for another destructive yet helpful purpose), and Atticus apparently lives to become a wise, old man.

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