What are Harper Lee's reasons for having Atticus's glasses break in the mad dog scene ?Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

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Even though the reader can only surmise what an author's intentions are in writing passages, however, there is reason to believe that Harper Lee in Chapter Ten of To Kill a Mockingbird wished to illustrate just how good a shot Atticus Finch is that he can aim and shoot with his right eye even without glasses and without having shot a gun in years. Without having his glasses to help him aim and shoot, Atticus really impresses the children; in fact, Jem is speechless in his effort to praise his father and express his new-found admiration that his father can, afterall, "do something."  Meanwhile, Miss Maudie makes the pertinent remark, "I saw that, One-Shot Finch!" and underscores the point she has made to the children previously.

ajp516 | Student

This to me shows how Atticus' glasses show his age. Once he took off the glasses he became young again in a way and he became one shot finch again.

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