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Who does Atticus think caused Bob Ewell’s death? Why does Heck Tate insist that Bob...

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alamockingbird | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2008 at 6:44 AM via web

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Who does Atticus think caused Bob Ewell’s death? Why does Heck Tate insist that Bob Ewell’s death was self-inflicted?

In what way is this partly true?

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 30

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jessecreations | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 9, 2008 at 7:16 AM (Answer #1)

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1) Atticus believes that Jem is the one who killed Bob Ewell; this is why he is so adamant that the letter of the law be followed in documenting Ewell's death.  He doesn't want anyone to believe Jem was given special treatment because he is Atticus's son. 

Heck Tate understands the truth of the situation, which is that Boo Radley killed Bob Ewell.  Heck Tate also understands that to publicize this information would bring a lot of attention on Boo Radley, something Boo himself would never want.  To protect Boo's privacy, Heck Tate insists that Bob Ewell's death be reported as accidental; they will say that Ewell fell on his own knife.

It could be said that Bob Ewell's death was his own fault, since he died in an attempt to attack children.  Boo Radley was only defending Scout and Jem; had Bob Ewell left the Finch kids alone, he would not have died in this manner.

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djc2015 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 6, 2012 at 6:04 AM (Answer #2)

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Well Heck Tate insisted that Bob Ewell had fell on his own knife because he knew that Bob Ewell was the one out to get everybody that had anything to do with the trial. Heck Tate had got word that Bob Ewell was outside of Judge Taylor's house making noise and that he heard that Bob Ewell was following Hellen Robinson. So he had to do that so that everything would be evened out instead of Boo Radley take the fall for defending two helpless children.

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omok | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 15, 2008 at 10:46 AM (Answer #3)

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Atticus think Jem caused Ewell's death. Tate insist that Ewells' death because he proclaims that are are evidence pointing to that.
Reference: Chapter 29 of the book.

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scott2011 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 14, 2008 at 3:19 PM (Answer #4)

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Heck Tate says Bob Ewell was drunk and fell on his knife.

THIS ANSWER IS FROM THE BOOK!!!!

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