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Who is Burris Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird?

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nemo09 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 4, 2009 at 5:35 AM via web

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Who is Burris Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted May 4, 2009 at 6:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Burris Ewell makes his appearance in Chapter 3, when a louse crawls off his head and horrifies Miss Caroline, his teacher. Scout observes that "he was the filthiest human being I had ever seen (26-27).  He is clearly illiterate because he cannot spell his own name.  Miss Caroline tries to send him home to bathe and get rid of his lice, but he does not plan on coming back to school anyhow.  The children explain that the Ewells only show up for the first day of school because the truant officer forces them to.  But that is the only time they appear.  When Miss Caroline decides to try to make Burris stay, he leaves, yellling insults at her on his way out, finally making her cry.  The other children console her. 

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tennimis98 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted September 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM (Answer #2)

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Son of Bob Ewell. He is very poor and is one of the filthiest humans in Maycomb. Only comes to school on th first day.

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