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In To Kill a Mockingbird, who were the four witnesses at Tom's trial?

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Posted November 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM via iOS

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, who were the four witnesses at Tom's trial?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM (Answer #1)

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Four witnesses took the stand at the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. They were (in order):

  • Sheriff Heck Tate.  Tate testified that most of his information was second-hand (from Bob Ewell) and that Mayella received no medical treatment following the assault. Atticus eventually determined that Mayella had bruise marks around her entire neck and that she was bruised on the right side of her face.
  • Bob Ewell.  Bob claimed that he saw Tom rape Mayella, and Atticus got Bob to admit that he was left-handed.
  • Mayella Ewell.  Mayella contradicted her own testimony (and that of Bob's) before finally refusing to answer any more of Atticus's questions.
  • Tom Robinson.  Tom claimed that Mayella first kissed him and that he ran away when Bob appeared. His most damning evidence came when he admitted to the prosecutor, Horace Gilmer, that he "felt sorry" for Mayella. Atticus's defense was that Tom's crippled left arm prevented him from causing the damage to Mayella's neck and face--and that it was probably Bob who beat his own daughter.



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