To Kill a Mockingbird - Chapter 30 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 30 Summary

Scout walks outside onto the porch with Boo. They listen to as Heck insists that Ewell fell on the knife and his death was an accident. Atticus believes that Jem killed Ewell and he doesn't want to make excuses for his son. Heck knows that Boo killed the man, but wants to keep it quiet. Heck tells Atticus, "Let the dead bury the dead." Tom Robinson died for no reason and now the man who caused his death is dead.

Chapter 30 Analysis

Heck Tate helps to illustrate and fulfill the name and theme of the story when he decides to say that Ewell fell on his knife. He sees no reason to hurt Arthur Radley and make problems for him. Arthur has been through enough and he was protecting Scout and Jem. The reader gets the sense that Scout will be able to grow up...

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