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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", is Heck Tate right to spare Boo the publicity...

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a7lagmr | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 10, 2008 at 10:50 AM via web

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In "To Kill a Mockingbird", is Heck Tate right to spare Boo the publicity of an inquest? Give reasons for your answer.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 10, 2008 at 12:16 PM (Answer #1)

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I think Heck Tate is correct in his assessment that Arthur is a quiet man who would be seriously affected if his heroism came to light. Tate realizes that people all over town would want to visit him and the women would all bring him food and want to visit. It's obvious from the way Arthur acts when bringing Jem home that he wants little attention for himself. He even stands behind the door of Jem's room, almost hiding from Scout. Scout must lead him home and Arthur really says nothing to her or to anyone else. The sudden notoriety he would attain during the inquest could scare him and do emotional damage to a man who has lived most of his life inside of one house. I think Tate is correct. The best thing to do is to say Bob Ewell fell on his own knife and let Arthur Radley alone.Certainly the children have learned their lesson and it's unlikely he will ever be bothered by them again. He is now free to be their friend and that's what he seemed to want all along.

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jake1234567890 | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2012 at 1:36 AM (Answer #2)

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because yolo

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