In Chapter 17, Describe the impression that Tate gives the reader through his recount of the event and Atticus's cross examination.What conclusion can the reader draw about Lee's purpose for Tate's...

In Chapter 17, Describe the impression that Tate gives the reader through his recount of the event and Atticus's cross examination.

What conclusion can the reader draw about Lee's purpose for Tate's testimony?

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Mr. Tate's testimony is very important to the reader because it establishes a point that Atticus works on making for three chapters. But you see, the point was never something that Atticus bargained for from the beginning, Tate helped Atticus figure something out which helps demonstrate that Atticus is not the only moral person in the courtroom. Tate was helping. Mayella was beaten with someone who lead with their left. Depending on Tom Robinson's strong side, this creates doubt and suspicion if he is not a lefty:

Mr. Tate said, “Oh yes, that’d make it her right. It was her right eye, Mr. Finch. I remember now, she was bunged up on that side of her face…”

Mr. Tate blinked again, as if something had suddenly been made plain to him. Then he turned his head and looked around at Tom Robinson. As if by instinct, Tom Robinson raised his head. Something had been made plain to Atticus also, and it brought him to his feet.

We can also conclude that adding this evidence to the testimony of Bob Ewell will put him in position to be suspected as the one who beat Mayella.

 

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