The sheriff in Maycomb. He’s a tall and slender man who wears cowboy boots. He carries a rifle, but he insists that he’s not as good of a shot as Atticus, though this is never confirmed. While Scout never gets a good or nuanced understanding of how Mr. Tate feels about black people more generally, Mr. Tate does try to protect Tom Robinson and gives testimony in court that supports Atticus’s argument that Mr. Ewell, not Robinson, beat Mayella. He later shows that he does believe in justice when he declares that Mr. Ewell fell on his knife (when really Arthur Radley killed him in defense of Scout and Jem), thereby protecting Arthur from unwanted attention or legal trouble.
Heck Tate Character Timeline in To Kill a Mockingbird
The timeline below shows where the character Heck Tate appears in To Kill a Mockingbird. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...sight of Atticus and goes rigid, Atticus swiftly lifts the gun and shoots. Tim crumples. Mr. Tate ’s inspection reveals that Atticus shot a bit too far to the right. Atticus isn’t... (full context)
...pleading, Dill’s mother allows him to stay. After this, things go downhill quickly. One evening, Mr. Tate knocks and asks Atticus to come outside. Scout knows that men only talk outside for... (full context)
...Jem asks if there’s anyone else, and Miss Maudie points out that the black neighborhood, Mr. Tate , and Judge Taylor stepped up—Judge Taylor didn’t give Tom’s case to the newest lawyer,... (full context)