To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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List some quotes when Boo Radley killed Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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The reclusive Boo Radley kills Bob Ewell to protect Scout and Jem.

When Boo Radley kills Bob Ewell, he does so in order to defend his precious children.  Boo Radley is a recluse who has befriended Scout and Jem over the course of the last few years because they are his neighbors, and because they are the only ones who actively tried to make friends with him.  He started by just leaving them gifts, such as the watch and soap dolls, or looking out for them, such as putting the blanket on Scout’s shoulders at the fire and sewing Jem’s pants.  However, his protection turned more pertinent when he noticed that a drunken Bob Ewell was following his children at the Halloween pageant.

Bob Ewell was angry at humiliated when Atticus proved that his daughter lied in accusing Tom Robinson of rape, hinted that Ewell himself was inappropriate with his daughter, and got Tom Robinson to say in open court that he felt sorry for Mayella.  The worst, of course, was that the jury actually deliberated.  Bob Ewell wanted revenge.  He decided to go after Atticus’s children in a drunken rage.

Scout is wearing a ham costume, and cant’ see much.  Jem is attacked first, and then Scout.  She has no idea what is going on when Jem tells her to run, and she tries but does not get far. 

He slowly squeezed the breath out of me. I could not move.  Suddenly he was jerked backwards and flung on the ground, almost  carrying me with him. I thought, Jem's up. (Ch. 28)

It was not Jem who rescued her though, it was Boo.  This is not revealed until much later.  When Scout is at home, she at first thinks Jem is dead.  She does not know what really happened until she sees Boo sitting in the...

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