Mad Dog Analysis

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In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the mad dog in chapter ten represents the unseen prejudice in the town of Maycomb. At this point in the book, Jem and Scout are playing outside when they notice Tim Johnson, the dog of Maycomb, making his way towards them. He does not seem normal, so the children go home to tell Calpurnia. When Calpurnia questions them about the dog, Jem answers that “he’s just moseyin’ along, so slow you can’t hardly tell it. He’s coming this way” (93). The deeper meaning of this quotation symbolizes that prejudice is on its way, but the citizens of Maycomb are oblivious to it. The reason that prejudice is on its way is because of the trial; the jury convicted Tom Robinson of raping Mayella Ewell, even though there was not even enough evidence for the case to go on trial, and Atticus proved that Mayella could not have been hurt by Mr. Robinson. This is portrayed through the dog because he is making his way towards them; slowly but is still very dangerous. The quote also shows that the citizens are oblivious to prejudice because no one in town notices that there is a mad dog, except for Jem and Scout. A time when the town is blind to prejudice is when Mrs. Merriweather talks about the discrimination against the Mrunas in Africa, and how she feels bad for them, yet there are people in her own town that are being discriminated against. These points conclude that the rabid dog portrays the prejudice that is invisible to everyone in

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