Why does the sheriff ask Atticus to shoot Tom Johnson? Atticus doesn’t have good vision and he has to take off his glasses to shoot the dog. He sees clearly when he has to.
- 1 Why did the sheriff give the gun to Atticus?
- 2 What explanation does Miss Maudie offer for Atticus putting down his gun 30 years ago?
- 3 What does Atticus do to the rabid dog Tim Johnson and why what does this further reveal about his character?
- 4 What was Atticus nickname?
- 5 Why did Atticus shoot the dog?
- 6 Why does Atticus refuse to hunt?
- 7 Why did Atticus hide his talent?
- 8 Why did Atticus choose not to shoot anymore unless he had to?
- 9 Who does Atticus say killed Ewell?
- 10 What did Atticus tell Jem was a sin?
- 11 Who did Jem and Scout hate?
- 12 Who was the bravest person Atticus knew?
- 13 Why was Atticus called one shot?
- 14 What does the name Atticus stand for?
Why did the sheriff give the gun to Atticus?
Sheriff Tate is also aware of Atticus’ adolescent nickname “Ol’ One-Shot” and does not want to risk shooting a stray bullet that may hit the Radley home. Sheriff Tate feels more comfortable with Atticus taking the shot, which is why he gives his rifle to him.
What explanation does Miss Maudie offer for Atticus putting down his gun 30 years ago?
She had a theory about it: “I think maybe he put his gun down when he realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things. I guess he decided he wouldn’t shoot till he had to, and he had to today.”
What does Atticus do to the rabid dog Tim Johnson and why what does this further reveal about his character?
Against his will, Atticus reveals that he is an expert marksman by shooting and killing the rabid dog in one shot. Jem and Scout are astonished and awestruck by Atticus’s marksmanship, and Miss Maudie proceeds to call him by his former nickname, “One-Shot Finch.”
What was Atticus nickname?
Oh, Atticus Finch has an absolutely awesome old nickname of “One-Shot Finch ” which we find out about in Chapter 10 of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Why did Atticus shoot the dog?
In Chapter 11, Atticus shoots a mad (rabid) dog in the street. In a larger symbolic sense, the dog, because it has rabies, is a dangerous threat to the community. In shooting the dog, then, Atticus is trying to protect the community from its most dangerous elements.
Why does Atticus refuse to hunt?
Atticus does not hunt because he prefers helping to hurting. Scout goes out of her way to explain that her father is different from other fathers. He is old, and he cares deeply about living things. On the subject of hunting, her impressions are that he does not hunt and it makes him boring.
Why did Atticus hide his talent?
He views his talent as a gift from God and refuses to hunt because he believes that God has given him an “unfair advantage over most living things.” Jem is left speechless after witnessing his father’s talent, and Scout says that she cannot wait to brag to her friends about Atticus’s marksmanship.
Why did Atticus choose not to shoot anymore unless he had to?
Atticus gave up shooting because he realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things. This fits with Atticus’s character because he believes in equality between all beings.
Who does Atticus say killed Ewell?
As the men argue, Atticus realizes that Boo Radley killed Ewell, and it is Boo who Tate is trying to protect. They finally agree that Ewell did fall on his own knife, a decision Scout fully understands. Boo sees Jem one more time and then asks Scout to take him home.
What did Atticus tell Jem was a sin?
When Jem and Scout receive air-rifles, Atticus tells them ” it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” It is Miss Maudie that explains to Scout that “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.” Mockingbirds symbolize innocence in the story.
Who did Jem and Scout hate?
Why do Jem and Scout hate Mrs. Dubose at first? They hate Mrs. Dubose at first because she speaks rudely to them and criticizes Atticus and their family.
Who was the bravest person Atticus knew?
Atticus thought of Mrs. Dubose as the bravest person because although she was in pain and dying, Mrs. Dubose was determined to break her habit. She faced death with strength and determination.
Why was Atticus called one shot?
This disease causes people to be illogical and focused on the subjugation of blacks. By Atticus shooting the dog with one shot, it symbolically suggests that he also has “one shot” to prove Tom Robinson’s innocence and cure Maycomb of the disease of racism and injustice.
What does the name Atticus stand for?
In Latin, Atticus is an adjective meaning “belonging to Attica”, the region in which Athens is located, or more simply, “Athenian”. As a name, it had connotations of literary sophistication and culture. In the Roman imperial period, Atticus also became popular as a name.