Regarding this, what does the incident with Tim Johnson reveal about Atticus?
Tim Johnson also represents the town’s prejudice in the sense that Atticus seems to be the only Maycomb resident who can “save” the town and his children from the disease of prejudice. The sheriff calls upon Atticus to kill Tim Johnson because he doesn’t feel qualified to do so.
Also, why did Atticus shoot the dog? In Chapter 11, Atticus shoots a mad (rabid) dog in the street. When Scout and Jem learn that their father is known as the best shot in the entire county, they learn to see Atticus with a greater sense of respect. In a larger symbolic sense, the dog , because it has rabies, is a dangerous threat to the community.
Likewise, people ask, what is the symbolism of the Mad Dog in To Kill a Mockingbird?
The dog itself symbolizes racism. Atticus ‘s willingness to shoot the dog, parallels his willingness to take on Tom Robinson’s case. The dog is described as being just as dangerous dead as alive. So, too, is the racism in the town.
What did Atticus say when he shot the dog?
Sheriff Tate knows that Atticus is the best shot in Maycomb and gives Atticus his rifle to shoot the mad dog . Atticus reluctantly takes Sheriff Tate’s rifle, and Scout describes the scene by saying , “In a fog, Jem and I watched our father take the gun and walk out into the middle of the street.