Cecil Jacobs is a young boy Scout’s age who is a product of his racist environment. Cecil shows that racism is a learned behavior when he makes fun of Atticus for defending Tom Robinson in front of Scout. Scout beats him up, and Cecil spends the rest of the novel avoiding Scout. After the school play at the end of the novel, Scout and Jem think that it is Cecil Jacobs who is following them home because before the play, he jumped out of the dark and shined a flashlight in their eyes. On the way home, Scout yells out, “Cecil Jacob is a big wet hen,” right before Scout and Jem are attacked by Bob Ewell.
Although Cecil Jacobs grew up in the same neighborhood as Scout and Jem, he shows the legacy of racist views in Maycomb. Even as a young boy, he has learned the values and beliefs of oppression and racism.