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Atticus Dead Shot Analysis

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Atticus is the only one in Maycomb that has the skills to shoot Tim Johnson. When the dog is near his neighborhood, the sheriff “Handed the rifle to Atticus” (Lee 126). The fact that the sheriff of Maycomb, a figure expected to save the town, hands Atticus the gun to get the job done establishes how Atticus is the only one with enough courage. Furthermore, this represents how he is also the only one with enough courage that can represent Tom Robinson. However, Atticus “shook his head vehemently” (Lee 127) trying to deny that he’s the only one with the courage to save the town. This establishes his fear of change and of missing the shot. He is fearful of changing his lifestyle back into his younger days when he was known as ‘Dead shot’. This
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