Bob Ewell and his family are social outcasts in Maycomb.
The first example of Bob Ewell’s social status is when his young son Burris appears in Scout's class. It is through Burris that we are introduced to the priorities and conditions of the Ewell family. The teacher Miss Caroline is upset when she finds lice in Burris’s hair. She tells him to go home and take a bath. He laughs at her and says he has done his time for the year—she is not sending him home, he was about to go home himself. Scout and one her classmates decide to explain the Ewells to her flustered teacher.
“He’s one of the Ewells, ma’am,” and I wondered if this explanation would be as unsuccessful as my attempt. But Miss Caroline seemed willing to listen. “Whole school’s full of ‘em. They come first day every year and then leave. (Ch. 3)
This quote demonstrates that the Ewells have a reputation. Everyone expects them to be dirty, ornery, and illiterate. We learn that there are a lot of Ewell...
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