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Why is Robert Ewell so bitter, according to Atticusand how did he (Ewell) show his...

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Why is Robert Ewell so bitter, according to Atticusand how did he (Ewell) show his bitterness

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yaday | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 22, Bob Ewell is bitter because his reputation and capacity for belief has been ripped apart by Atticus' role in the case.   Atticus tries to distract Jem's mind by giving him a football magazine, but Jem tosses it aside.  Jem mentions how bothered he is about Mr. Ewell accosting Atticus.  Atticus says, "Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does. So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that's something I'll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and I'd rather it be me than that houseful of children out there. You understand?"(Chapter 23).   

Though Tom Robinson is convicted, Bob Ewell is quite upset that he has been made a fool of.   Through cross-examinations, evidence points out that Bob Ewell could have beaten Mayella Ewell for tempting a black man.  The whole town has been present during the court proceedings and has seen Bob Ewell's truthfulness crumble.  Atticus, though lost, has the ability to have a jury stay out in session the longest compared to any other lawyer appointed.  In other words, Atticus put up a courageous fight and made Tom Robinson's word hold greater credibility than Bob and Mayella's.   

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