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What is the symbolism of Atticus killing the mad dog?

This scene is meant to reveal more about Atticus to Scout. When he kills the mad dog--and does so expertly, with one shot--it shows Scout that there is more to him than a lawyer and a father. He ...
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Meaning of 'Yawl write, hear?'

You've got it right. As you've recognized, this is dialect. Yawl - this is a less common way of spelling the dialectical y'all, which is used as the second person plural. Hear - this is a shortened ...
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Meaning of "Out of what I knew not, yet I did not believe" in To Kill A Mockingbird

Ah, the emphasis becomes a bit clearer with the full quote. I knew nothing except what I gathered from Time magazine and reading everything I could lay my hands on at home, but as I inched sluggishly ...
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What is the symbolism of Atticus killing the mad dog?

It foreshadows the death of Ewell in a way: When the dog, who has been around for a long time, becomes a real threat to the children, the shooting skills of Atticus, which haven't been seen for many ...
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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what does "let the dead bury the dead" mean?

In the book In To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo Radley (The one who killed Bob Ewell) and Tom Robinson are seen as "mockingbirds". Atticus said previously in the book that it is "wrong to kill a ...
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What does this excerpt from "To Kill a Mockingbird" about Atticus shooting the dog mean?

"A little to the right" is simply a description of Atticus' aim. Rather than hitting the dog square in the forehead, Atticus aimed a bit too far to the right. That's why Tate taps the left ...
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Should Go Set A Watchman be read before To Kill A Mockingbird?

Definitely read To Kill a Mockingbird first. Although Go Set a Watchman reads more as a first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, without reading Mockingbird, much of the bigotry Atticus displays in ...
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Did Harper Lee intend Go set a Watchman to be published?

If one would believe Joe Nocera, former op-ed columnist for The New York Times: No. In an article titled The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud (July 24, 2015 - the book was published on July 14, ...
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Why do Jem and Scout call their father Atticus?

Lee does this to paint the whole Finch family as unconventional, reflecting upon the abnormal characters of Atticus, Jem, and Scout. In southern Alabama during the 1930's, society isn't very ...
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What does "entailment" mean in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

According to The Free Dictionary, the word "entail" means: To abridge, settle, or limit succession to real property. An estate whose succession is limited to certain people rather than ...
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Was Atticus's name meant to mean anything?

This analysis website claims that: 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 ...
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Explain "field size" and "bushel of potatoes" in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

"Another'n at the the house that's field size" means "another child/sibling [another one] at the house who is now old enough/big enough to go into the field and help." Earlier in the text, Atticus ...
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Should Go Set a Watchman change our view of Atticus defending Tom Robinson?

Aside from the debate over whether Atticus had a progressive view on race that Hamlet raised, the answer is no because they are two different Atticus Finches. In this answer, it is pointed out that ...
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Is there significance behind the name "Scout" from To Kill A Mockingbird?

Scout is her nickname, it is less symbolic than descriptive First of all, I could not find any actual words from the author/book. There is no "official" word of why, so I sought out the definition of ...
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Was Mr. Radley's occupation ever revealed?

It's not revealed anywhere in any canon sources as to what Mr. Radley's primary occupation was. It's also not addressed anywhere in the novel as to what is in the paper bag, other than the quote you ...
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What did Scout mean when she said "It takes a woman to do that kind of work"?

Its clear to see in To Killing A Mockingbird that Atticus cares for his children. Aunt Alexandra comes to visit the children because she feels they need some "feminine influence" after all they ...
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What is "Miss Maudie's goat" in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

Jack Finch is teasing Miss Maudie, playfully but unsuccessfully trying to annoy her. To get somebody's goat, as Matt Thrower said in comments, means to make them annoyed or angry. As it says at the ...
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Was Tom Robinson's trial the only inconsistency between To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman?

There are a few 'blatant' differences that are obvious when reading both the books. Most of these aren't that difficult to spot once you read both the books. The blatant differences: Firstly, Atticus ...
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Meaning of "fist-sized clean space on his face" in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

There are two levels to the sentence you highlight, the denotation or literal meaning and the connotation or poetic meaning. On a literal level, this sentence is just a way to say that the boy is very ...
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Meaning of 'Yawl write, hear?'

To expand very slightly on Juhasz's correct answer (because I don't have enough rep yet to comment): "Yawl" - more colloquial way to spell "y'all", meaning "you all" (...
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What does the metaphor used here mean?

In elementary school, children are given projects to do: color this picture, fill out this worksheet, draw a poster of a flower and label all the parts. These projects are part of teaching the ...
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Meaning of "fist-sized clean space on his face" in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

I read it as a place where he has been struck by a fist, which has been rubbed clean not necessarily from the impact itself, but rather from the tendency to massage the sore spot and/or apply some ...
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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what does "let the dead bury the dead" mean?

"Let the dead bury the dead." No doubt Harper Lee heard that verse all her life. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says it to shame a new disciple who wants to bury his father. In those days, however, "...
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Why did Dr Buford stay poor (and Jack rich) in "To Kill A Mockingbird"?

The implication seems to be that Dr Buford preferred to spend time gardening instead of being a social climber. We don't have much more information about him in the story, so this passage is nearly ...
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What is the symbolism of Atticus killing the mad dog?

The mad dog has rabies which is a disease and that is why it's mad, Atticus quotes that "Maycomb's usual disease is racism." Therefore, the dog is symbolised as racism and Atticus is the only shot ...
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What is meant by ‘innocent of the adjustments’ here?

innocent in this context means "without having encountered." adjustments are "the corrections which teachers made" or "the lessons which the teachers thought were very important," even though clearly ...
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