Bob Ewell Racist Quotes

What are four quotes that show why Bob Ewell is racist as well as rude in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Four quotes that show why Bob Ewell is racist as well as rude in To Kill a Mockingbird are when Ewell says, "Too proud to fight, you nigger-lovin' bastard?," Scout's narration that Helen Robinson "saw Mr. Ewell walking behind her," Sheriff Tate's comment that "there's just some ... men you have to shoot before you can say hidy to 'em," and Ewell statement that Tom's death makes "one down and about two more to go."

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

1. After Atticus cross-examines Bob Ewell, he asks Bob to sign his name, which proves that he is left-handed. Atticus uses this information against Bob Ewell later on in the trial. After Bob signs his name, he demonstrates his rude, racist personality by criticizing Atticus and using a racial slur. Scout reiterates Bob Ewell's words by saying,

"Tricking lawyers like Atticus Finch took advantage of him all the time with their tricking ways. He had told them what happened, he’d say it again and again—which he did. Nothing Atticus asked him after that shook his story, that he’d looked through the window, then ran the nigger off, then ran for the sheriff" (Lee, 180).

2. In Chapter 23, Bob Ewell portrays his racist, offensive personality by cursing at Atticus while he is leaving the post office. Bob Ewell spits in Atticus's face and asks him,

"Too proud to fight, you nigger-lovin‘ bastard?" (Lee, 221).

3. In Chapter 27 , Scout recalls how Bob Ewell threatened Helen Robinson while she was walking...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 862 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team