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Why, according to Atticus, does Bob Ewell bear a grudge in "To Kill a...

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al3ren | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted December 6, 2008 at 4:34 PM via web

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Why, according to Atticus, does Bob Ewell bear a grudge in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

Which people does Ewell see as his enemies and why?

Chapter 27 " To Kill a Mockingbird"

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 6, 2008 at 5:49 PM (Answer #1)

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Bob Ewell resents Judge Tayor (and Atticus) for simply doing the job to investigate the case. Of course, what he's really afraid of is getting found out for having beaten up his own daughter, then blaming Tom Robinson for it.

He also bears a grudge against Link Deas, who has hired Tom Robinson's wife Helen to work for him. Link protects Helen and warns Ewell to not give her any more trouble, or he will find himself arrested on harassment charges.

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cfox4220 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM (Answer #2)

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Bob bears a grudge on Atticus because he was Tom's lawyer. He also bears a grudge on Link Deas, who hired Tom Robinson's wife Helen to work for him.

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dphoebe | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 8, 2012 at 6:07 AM (Answer #3)

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Bob Ewell holds a grudge againts Atticus because he made him and Mayella looks like fools on the stand, Atticus did his job really well to find out the complete truth from Bob and Mayella by Manipulating them. He sees Atticus, Judge Taylor and the children as enemies for making him look like a bad person at court.

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