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Why did Jem not want Scout to tell Atticus about Bob Ewell's comment? Was this a wise...

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carlychic | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 29, 2007 at 10:22 AM via web

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Why did Jem not want Scout to tell Atticus about Bob Ewell's comment? Was this a wise thing to ask her to do?

The answer will be found in chapter 25.

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meowmix | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted October 29, 2007 at 10:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Jem is becoming more mature as he progresses in the novel. He has remembered how Atticus reacted when Ewell spat in his face and he wants Scout to do the same:  No reaction to whatever Ewell does.  This would be the more honourable way to deal with him.

As for if this is wise of Scout to do, it probably was.  She still is learning how to react to upsetting news and and a hard and fast rule like this would be easy for her to follow.

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elihelmy | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:52 PM (Answer #2)

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Yes it was wise but only because Bob had done som much damage and He didn't want any more to happen.

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