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How would you describe the Ewell family in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
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High School Teacher
The Ewells represent one of the lowest classes of people in Maycomb. They are what was considered "poor white trash". The only lower class in the town were Blacks. This is why Tom Ewell can be so condescending on Tom and why the jury feels it must convict Tom of a crime they probably know he didn't commit. To do otherwise would upset the balance of the social fabric of Southern society, of which Maycomb is part. To allow a Black man to go free after being accused of attacking a White woman, even one as poor and low class as Mayella, would have been unthinkable. That is why Atticus knows he will lose the trial, but has hopes for the case on appeal. He knows Tom will be convicted solely because he is Black and Mayella is White. However, somewhere in the appeals process, he and Tom might prevail. Unfortunately, Tom is killed before the appeals process can even begin. And that is why Bob Ewell attacks Atticus' children. He felt his reputation and standing in the community, even though it was low, had been made lower and he had been embarrassed because he knew people believed a Black man instead of him.
Posted by ms-mcgregor on November 11, 2008 at 9:49 AM (Answer #1)
i would describe the family as an uneducated family
Posted by nastyent123 on October 25, 2010 at 11:24 AM (Answer #2)
Middle School Teacher
The Ewell family is disfunctional. The father, Bob Ewell, is an alocoholic; the daughter, Mayella Ewell, is a lonley girl who has to suffer the abuse of her father; and, the other Ewell children only go to school each year on the first day.
They are a poor family and they are looked down upon by the community.
Posted by tpisano on November 11, 2008 at 8:44 AM (Answer #3)
i would say they are diffrent and low class people...they stay behind the grabage dump and they arent very socailizable
Posted by imaninmalik on November 12, 2008 at 10:48 AM (Answer #4)
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