in to kill a mockingbird when atticus discusses bob ewell he says" he thought he'd bea hero, but all he got for his pain was… was, okay, we'll convuct this negro but get back at your dump". What...

in to kill a mockingbird when atticus discusses bob ewell he says" he thought he'd bea hero, but all he got for his pain was… was, okay, we'll convuct this negro but get back at your dump". What had bob expected to happen after the trial?

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Hello! After the trial, Bob Ewell gets a job at the WPA, but it does not last long due to his laziness. He goes back to collecting his welfare checks, blaming Atticus for somehow causing him to lose his job. Bob Ewell and his family live in squalor and 'no public health officer could free them from congenital defects, various worms, and the diseases indigenous to filthy surroundings.' In contrast, many of the African-American homes surrounding Bob's dwelling are neat, clean and modest. Bob Ewell's contempt for the African-Americans in Maycomb is mixed with envy and anger. He feels he is above them and can't understand why people in his community do not treat him accordingly.

Bob Ewell felt that he was made to look like a fool during the trial; ironically, he believed that the trial would earn him a little respect. As Atticus tells Aunt Alexandra, "very few people in Maycomb really believed his and Mayella’s yarns." Many have long suspected that Bob Ewell sexually abused his daughter behind closed doors; when his foul language and crude jokes did not endear him to the judge or the audience, he became embittered and vengeful. Bob Ewell gambled that he could use his daughter to increase his social standing in Maycomb, but he was wrong. Instead, he further exposed his contemptible nature and amoral psyche to the whole town.

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