Why does Atticus save Miss Maudie's oak rocking chair?

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the important events in chapter 8 of "To Kill A Mockingbird," is when Miss Maudie's house catches on fire.  Atticus gets Jem and Scout out of their house until he is sure the wind won't carry sparks to their house.  While the children are standing in front of the Radley house, out of harm's way Scout and Jem observe all of the men in town coming to help Miss Maudie save what she can of her furniture.  The fire truck won't start because of the cold and the men push it to Maudie's home.  When they turn the water on the hose bursts.  Meanwhile, Scout sees Atticus carrying out Maudie's oak rocking chair and she thinks,

"it is sensible of him to save what she valued most."  (page77)

zumba96 | Student

Miss Maudie's rocking chair is what she values the most so Atticus goes in to save it. When they are waiting outside, the firetruck breaks down so other people push it to her house. After the fire, Miss Maudie is very positive and doesn't look down which showcases her strength. Miss Maudie is seen to be a strong character with attributes similiar to Atticus throughout the book. 

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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