To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Discuss Heck Tate's testimony in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson’s trial begins with the first witness. Heck Tate, Maycomb’s sheriff, is the first to testify for the prosecution.

When the supposed rape takes place, it is Mr. Tate’s job to go to Tom Robinson’s house and arrest him despite the lack of evidence other than the hearsay testimony of the Ewells.

Leading up to the trial, Tom is brought to the Maycomb jail the night before.  Tate warns Atticus that there may be trouble or a lynch mob coming to the jail.  Tate makes himself scarce because he is afraid.  The only one left to defend Tom is Atticus.  The children also take a part in saving Tom from hanging. Mr. Tate shows himself to be a coward in this situation.

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