I need three or four quotes that show who the hero in To Kill a Mockingbird.  

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Toward the end of chapter 28, Scout describes Bob Ewell's attack and attempts to identify the person who saved her life. When Scout mentions that a man came to their aid during the fight, Sheriff Tate asks Scout the man's name. Scout does not know the man's name but points toward him and says,

Why there he is, Mr. Tate, he can tell you his name (Lee, 274).

Scout proceeds to point toward Boo Radley, who is silently standing in the corner of the room. After examining the man's pale skin and hollow cheeks, Scout recognizes the person who saved her life by saying, "Hey, Boo" (Lee, 274).

In chapter 30, Sheriff Tate and Atticus are discussing the person responsible for Bob Ewell's death, and Sheriff Tate indirectly tells Atticus that Boo Radley killed Bob Ewell. Sheriff Tate tells Atticus,

To my way of thinkin’, Mr. Finch, taking the one man who’s done you and this town a great service an‘ draggin’ him with his shy ways into the limelight—to me, that’s a sin. It’s a sin and I’m not about to have it on my head. If it was any other man, it’d be different. But not this man, Mr. Finch (Lee, 280).

Sheriff Tate understands that informing the community will harm Boo, who is extremely reclusive and would not enjoy the excessive attention, which is why he does not publicly announce Boo's heroics.

troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

All of these following quotes occurred on the last page of Chapter 30.  Heck Tate has the first two quotes.  In the first one he is explaining to Atticus why he doesn't want to tell the whole town that Boo killed Bob.  He didn't really commit a crime--he stopped one from happening.  In doing so, he saved the kids and is a hero.

"I never heard tell that it's against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did..."

In the second quote he explains why he can't put Boo in the spotlight of being a hero.  It would be too much for him to take (since he is a recluse).  He can barely handle meeting Scout for the first time. The "great service" he did was saving the children along with ridding the town of "trash" like Bob Ewell.

"To my way of thinkin', Mr. Finch, taking the one man who's done you and this town a great service an' draggin' him with his shy ways into the limelight--to me, that's a sin."

The final heroic quote is from Atticus as he says good night to Boo on his porch.  He thanks him for saving their lives.

Before he went inside the house, he stopped in front of Boo Radley. "Thank you for my children, Arthur."
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