Who kills the mad dog in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Atticus shoots the dog, and this is when Scout finds out that Atticus isn't just some weenie that sits behind a desk talking about lawyerly things.

She has worried about her father since he isn't tough and he doesn't do anything tough like drive a truck or do outdoorsy things.  But as the dog is racing towards her, Atticus reacts calmly and brings the situation to a violent but effective conclusion.  In doing so, he reassures scout that he is tough and though it might not always be in the way that she wants it to be or in an outward way, he has all kinds of strength that she just wasn't aware of.

suzyq2shoes | Student

Mr.heck tate was, but it ended up Atticus shooting the dog

lindaos | Student

Atticus shot the mad dog Tim Johnson.

peterli0419 | Student
Atticus Finch, This event also changed the childrens view towards Atticus quite a bit too
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