To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How is the frustration of Bob Ewell played out in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Bob Ewell seems to revel in the perceived celebrity status that surrounds him during the trial of Tom Robinson. Scout sees at once that Bob is "showing off" once he takes the witness stand with his "purposeful half-grin," but his smirk turns to anger after Atticus embarrasses him. Even though Tom Robinson is found guilty of raping Mayella, Bob does not find his lowly position as the "disgrace of Maycomb for three generations" unchanged following the trial. He believes that Atticus has discredited him as well as Mayella, and Bob's only...

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