To Kill a Mockingbird

Chapter 29 & 30: Opinion

Heck Tate and Atticus have a strong difference of opinion. Perhaps for the first time, the always wise Atticus is taught an important lesson by another community member. How does Mr. Tate's position regarding Arthur Radley echo Atticus's own philisophies about "wearing another's skin" and the sinfulness of killing a mockingbird?

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Mr. Tate actually does teach Atticus a lesson. He tells Atticus that on rare occasions following the law completely can be counter productive. In the case of Boo Radley, publicity would hurt him far more than help him. His good deed would end up punishing him. THis gentle hermit would not be able to handle the church ladies, press and attention should the law take its course. Atticus understands this and finally agrees to let it be said that Bob fell on his knife.