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What Are The Main Points In Heck Tate's Evidence

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what are the main points in Heck Tate's evidence, and what does Atticus show in his cross examinaion  of Sheriff Tate?

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Sheriff Heck Tate's evidence contradicts later testimony given by the Ewells.

When the solicitor Mr. Gilmer questions Sheriff Tate, he asks basic questions about what has happened.  Sheriff Tate testifies that as he was leaving his office, he was accosted by an "excited" Bob Ewell who wanted him to hurry to his house because "some n****r'd raped his girl." When he arrived, the sheriff testifies, he found Mayella "pretty well beat up," and he lifted her to her feet. After Mayella washed her face, the sheriff asked her who had hurt her, and she told him that it was Tom Robinson. She also told...

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Atticus says she was not examined by a doctor and also that she was beaten. He uses his facts to narrow down who the culprit might be and since she was beaten on her right side, the person who beat her would be left handed. Bob is left handed and Tom cannot use his left hand so this would finalize who beat her. 

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Two Main Points

1: She wasn't examined by a doctor.

2: She was beaten.

He shows that Mayella was beaten on her right side of her face, which means the beater is left handed. Tom is right handed but Bob Ewell is left handed, plus Tom got his left hand stuff in a cotton gin, which means his left hand would be useless.

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