While Jem, Dill, and Scout first believe Boo Radley to be the sinister force in their lives, it is Bob Ewell who is the villain of the tale of children who learn much about life in To Kill a Mockingbird.
It is Bob Ewell's son Burris to whom Scout is first introduced, and she has never seen a dirtier boy. When a disgruntled Scout returns home from her first day of school and tells him she does not want to go back, Atticus tells her she must continue to attend school because there is a law. Scout refutes his statement, informing her father that Burris Ewell only comes the first day. She adds, "I don't see why I have to when he doesn't." Atticus then tells his daughter that "the Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations. None of them had done an honest day's work in his recollection" (Ch.4).
Scout sees Robert E. Lee Ewell for the first time in the courtroom. The adult narrator Scout comments, "All the little man on the witness stand had that made him any better than his nearest...
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