please help!! at the end of chapter 10 Mr. Ewell spat in Atticus' face and gave him threats and it spreaded through the whole town but i don't understand how it parallels
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The mad dog symbolizes the madness that is surrounding the Tom Robinson trial. The overt racism and complete disregard for the truth has taken over the town. Scout longs to tell the kids at school how Atticus took out the rabid dog with one shot. Jem, however, explains that Atticus would not want her too because this would be feeding into the hysteria that is already plaguing the town.