From the list below, name a character from To Kill a Mockingbird that closely resembles the other.
If possible please provide an explanation as to why they are similar? Thanks for the help!
J. Everett Grimes
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Bob Ewell and Cousin Francis are similar in at least one way. Each of them adopts and wields social norms for their own benefit.
Bob Ewell takes full advantage of the prevalent bias in his culture regarding race. He seeks to gain stature through a specific use of this set of biases, charging Tom Robinson with a crime that he did not commit.
For Ewell, the trail represents an opportunity to put himself above someone on the social ladder, thereby elevating his social status, which is exceedingly low according to everyone in Maycomb.
Bob Ewell is despised by Maycomb society as a shiftless drunkard.
Though Ewell fails in his efforts to gain some degree of respect from his community through the trial, he certainly makes an attempt based on his understanding of social norms.
Cousin Francis, in a lesser way, uses social norms to his own benefit and as a means of attack when he ridicules Scout at Christmas. Francis calls Atticus names and implies that his defense of Tom Robinson is inappropriate. He repeats something that he has overheard Alexandra say and tells Scout that Atticus will ruin the family name.
Uncle Jack punishes Scout here for her response to Francis and later Atticus learns why she attacked her cousin.
He warns her that she will encounter more accusations of this kind and to remember that despite their views, the people who cast slurs at them are still their friends.
Like Bob Ewell, Francis appealed to what he perceived to be an advantage based on social norms wherein Scout and Atticus Finch had been reduced or diminished by performing a social taboo. Cousin Francis is an example here of the ignorance of bigotry applied with childish glee for selfish purposes.
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