Quotes for these questions? 1. In Chapter 30, what insight is gained into Heck Tate's character?2.In what ways does Scout demonstrate sensitivity and compassion in chapters 30 and 31? (Your answer...

Quotes for these questions? 1. In Chapter 30, what insight is gained into Heck Tate's character?

2.In what ways does Scout demonstrate sensitivity and compassion in chapters 30 and 31? (Your answer should include two elements).

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Heck Tate reveals his compassion and intelligence in Chapter 30.  He never wanted to imprison Tom Robinson and he doesn't want to imprison Boo Radley.  He knows what kind of man Bob Ewell is, and feels that Ewell had what was coming to him.  He says this to Atticus, when Atticus is insistent on telling the truth:

"I may not be much Mr. Finch, but I'm still sheriff of Maycomb County. And Bob Ewell fell on his knife."

Tate is happy to tell a lie when it saves a good and decent man.

When Atticus tells Scout of this, she also replies with compassion.  She says to Atticus:

"It’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?"

Scout understands that putting Boo on trial would be unfair, both because he was trying to help the kids and because he is a good man who would not be able to handle the attention on himself, having lived as a hermit.

In Chapter 31, Scout sees the town from Boo's eyes and says this:

“You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes.”

As Atticus suggested in the beginning, she has now done this, and has matured.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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