Likewise, 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.
One may also ask, why does Atticus choose not to shoot Chapter 10? It’s chapter 10 , and Scout has decided that Atticus sucks. Not because he took the Tom Robinson case (which is why everyone else in Maycomb thinks he sucks), but because he’s old and can’t do anything. Atticus tells them they can shoot bluejays, but it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Likewise, when did Atticus shoot dog?
In Chapter 10 of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus shoots a rabid dog . The background of this incident is actually the main theme of the novel. Before a school trip, Atticus tells his two children that to kill a mockingbird is a sin.
Why does the sheriff insist that Atticus take the shot at the dog?
Sheriff Tate hands his rifle to Atticus and tells him to take the shot because it is a “one- shot job.” Atticus is reluctant to take the rifle, but Tate insists . Atticus takes the gun, raises the rifle, and shoots Tim Johnson right above his left eye, successfully killing the rabid dog .