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Why, according to Atticus, does Bob Ewell bear a grudge and who does Ewell see as his...

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kevjumba7 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM via web

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Why, according to Atticus, does Bob Ewell bear a grudge and who does Ewell see as his enemies?

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Bob Ewell hates Atticus for making him look like a fool on the witness stand during the trial of Tom Robinson. Atticus told Jem,

"I destroyed his last shred of credibility at the trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback... He had to take it out on somebody, and I'd rather it be me..."

Although Robinson was found guilty, Ewell did nothing to win friends or improve his own image or community standing. Addtionally, Ewell later blamed Atticus for getting him fired from his government job with the WPA.

Ewell views as his enemies

  • Atticus, as seen by his spitting tobacco in his face and vowing to "get him if it took the rest of life."
  • Judge Taylor, who after Ewell's racial slur on the stand, spent the rest of the time "daring him to make a false move. After the trial, the judge nearly caught Bob prowling on his porch.
  • Helen Robinson, who Bob stalked her, "crooning foul words" as she passed his house.
  • Link Deas, who defended Helen (and Tom in court) and threatened to have Ewell arrested for assault (for harassing Helen).

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