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Arthur Boo Radley In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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There is no law without justice yet "…it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (chp 10). In E. Harper Lee's The Mocking Bird, Sheriff Tate is forced with the challenge of deciding whether or not to cover up Bob Ewell's death in the children's defense. In the story, he decides to "…Let the dead bury the dead." (chp 30). Sherriff Tate's choice to cover up for Arthur 'Boo' Radley is the right choice because Boo Radley did the morally right thing, the situation would be a waste of resources, and it would have brought unwanted commotion to the town.
"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (chp 10). Scout and Jem were minding their own business and enjoying their time but Mr. Ewell obstructed them. Scout and Jem were just as harmless as the mockingbirds while providing the community their friendly company. Mr. Ewell was a lethal threat to the children, and had attacked them out of hatred from Atticus. Boo noticed the children's need of help and with good moral intentions, engaged Bob in combat. Mr. Tate comments on how "I [he] never heard tell that it's against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent crime from being committed…" (chp 30). Sheriff Tate, who understands the law and is an enforcer of it agrees on how Boo handled the situation without breaking the law. Boo risked his life and even more of his bad reputation to save the children. Law-abiding heroes should be treated with regard and respect not a trial and possible jail sentence. Mr. Ewell's intentions were illegal and what he had done to harm the black community has been done. Mr. Ewell was a scum, a liar, and a cheat. Mr. Ewell targeted Atticus' children although it was between him and Atticus. Mr. Ewell sought to harm the community even more. Furthermore, Bob Ewell was a lazy, ignorant, and disruptive hazard of the community. Mr. Ewell should have died even before causing Tom Robinson's death. In chapter 3, it is stated that "In Maycomb County hunting out of season was a misdemeanor at law, a capital felony in eyes of the populace." Besides being morally good, Tate also protected Jem with being associated in being involved in a murder. The children were of no harm and deserve not to be affected negatively by this outcome. People with criminal records are already at a disadvantage today and it would be no surprise if they had it back then. Boo Radley's actions were just and law abiding. Boo had to take the burden of killing Bob but it was lawful and in the name of greater good.
There's a saying that "Money doesn't grow on trees." and that is entirely correct. The situation is already bad with another person dead but bringing Boo to court would be a waste of tax money to the government and its peoples. As stated from before, Boo's actions were legal and heroic. There should be no...

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