Neither the Finch nor the Ewell children have a mother. However, their lives are totally different.
Compare and contrast the similarities between these two families, listing as many that you can think of.
There are great differences between the Finch children and the Ewell children. Some of them are:
- supportive parent--Atticus is a caring, understanding parent while Bob Ewell is a drunk who abuses his children
- poverty--Atticus more than adequately provides for his children while Bob Ewell is a drunk who uses any money they have for alcohol
- family values--Atticus instills a sense of morality in his children so they know what's right and wrong while Bob is an immoral, mean man
- education--Atticus knows the importance of education and teaches Scout to read before she goes to school while Bob could care less about whether his kids go to school
- role model--Atticus is someone his kids cn respect because he lives his life as an example to them while Bob's children know nothing else but his cruelty and immorality
- sense of community--Atticus is respected in the community and has shown kindness to others, the most obvious being his representation of Tom, while Bob's family is looked down upon by the community and has no one to help them
There are many, many differences between the Finches and the Ewells, despite the fact that neither family includes a mother. Atticus Finch does his best to teach his children the importance of morals and ethics while modeling them himself; Bob Ewell sets an example of laziness, lying, and taking advantage of others whenever possible. Atticus Finch loves peace and controls his temper, while Bob Ewell does his best to draw attention his way, even when he must resort to violence to do so. The head of the Finch household attempts to show his children love and kindness in every way possible, but Bob Ewell seems to have no compassion or tenderness for his offspring.
In addition, Bob Ewell demonstrates no respect for others and believes himself to be superior to those around him, which directly contrasts Atticus Finch's efforts to treat everyone (Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, the Cunninghams) with respect and does not consider himself to be superior to anyone. Bob Ewell is willing to do whatever he feels is necessary in order to get his way and make others see him as a peer, but Atticus does not feel the need to prove himself to those who judge him.