How is the feeling of apprehension conveyed at the end of Chapter 25?

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gmuss25 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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At the end of Chapter 25, Scout mentions that the name Ewell gave her a "queasy feeling" and shares the menacing threat from Bob Ewell that Miss Stephanie apparently heard. Jem overheard Miss Stephanie telling Aunt Alexandra that after Tom died, "Mr. Ewell said it made one down and about two more to go" (Lee 147). As was mentioned in the previous post, Harper Lee builds suspense and apprehension by foreshadowing Bob's attack. Scout's pervading sense of fear and danger also creates an ominous atmosphere at the end of the chapter. Bob Ewell's menacing threat suggests that he will attempt to murder at least two characters. However, the reader is unaware that Bob will attempt to murder Jem and Scout. The reader realizes that there are several characters who could be the targets of Bob Ewell's hate but is unsure what two characters he will choose to go after. Unfortunately, Bob Ewell attempts to murder two innocent children. 

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This chapter ends with the menacing remarks of Bob Ewell, " down and about two more to go." These remarks by Ewell foreshadow his attack on Jem and Scout. Most people of the town feel that Tom Robinson's death has ended this very difficult time in Maycomb, but Bob Ewell lets us know that it isn't over yet. We feel a sense of dread, knowing that what Bob has in store for Atticus and his family isn't going to be good. 


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