In "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, would you agree or disagree with Sheriff Taylor that lying about Bob Ewell's death is best for everyone involved? 

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The sheriff suggests they should lie about Ewell’s death because it will be better for everyone involved. Here are some talking points you could use on either side. If you desire to argue the sheriff was right, you should consider the following. Boo Radley lived a life of isolation and was not used to being in public. If Atticus and the sheriff told the truth about Boo Radley killing Bob Ewell, Radley would be thrust in to the public eye; this would likely frighten him and cause him immense discomfort. Even though Radley would have almost assuredly been held innocent of wrongdoing, forcing him into public would have punishment, and Radley should not have been punished for saving the lives of the Finch children. Alternatively, you might want to argue that a person should always tell the truth, even if it brings discomfort or pain. Telling the truth about Ewell’s death would bring Radley discomfort, but that discomfort should have been temporary since Radley would not have been convicted for murder. Moreover, it might cause some of the townspeople to rethink their prejudices against Boo. Finally, telling the truth would give Boo the opportunity to become a part of society.
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