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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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What does Mr. Underwood think about Tom’s death?

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In Chapter 25, Scout elaborates on Braxton Bragg Underwood's editorial in The Maycomb Tribune concerning Tom Robinson's death. Although Mr. Underwood is a racist, he considers it a sin to kill cripples. Scout says he likened Tom's death to the senseless killing of songbirds. As Scout reads Mr. Underwood's article, she realizes that Tom was a dead man before he set foot in court. Mr. Underwood understands that Tom Robinson was an innocent, crippled man who became a victim of racial injustice. He doesn't believe Tom should have died and is disgusted that the prison guards murdered a crippled man. Scout mentions that the majority of Maycomb's citizens read Braxton's article and believed he was simply trying to be poetic enough to get a reprint in The Montgomery Advertiser.

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