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renauld-fitz87 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2008 at 5:48 AM via web

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How does this quote from "To Kill a Mockingbird" connect with the theme "courage"?

How does the following quote connect with the theme "Courage":

Page 269/272 (end of chapter 29)

"Bob Ewell meant buisness," Mr.Tate muttered.

"He was out of his mind," said Atticus.

"Dont like to contradict you, Mr.Finch -- wasn't crazy, mean as hell. Low-down skunk with enough liquor in him to make him brave enough to kill children. He'd never have met you face to face."

How is that connected to the theme courage? I was thinking that Bob Ewell had enough bravery in him (from the liquor) to attempt to kill Atticuses childern. Can someone elaborate, or correct me?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 5, 2008 at 8:24 AM (Answer #1)

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This section is definitely saying that Bob Ewell's courage came from alcohol. It also shows a great deal about Atticus' character. For him, to attack children means a man is insane. For Tate, it's a measure not of Ewell's sanity, but of his cowardice. He would never face a threat directly, like Atticus did when shooting the rabid dog or standing up in the courtroom. Instead, he'd strike back from behind, at those who were too weak, as he did to his daughter.

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haarrvvaarrdd83514 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM (Answer #2)

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i would think as the courage from Atticus that he is not afraid of Bob's threaten even he is a rather dangerous person 

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