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Robert E. Lee Ewell—known as Bob—is an unhappy, bitter man who takes out his frustrations on other people, sometimes resorting to intimidation, verbal abuse, and even violence. He is a racist and a bully who attacks even children. Despite achieving his goal when the jury convicts Tom Robinson, Ewell is vindictive and resents Atticus Finch for having defended him.
Ewell is described in a conversation between Calpurnia and Scout in chapter 12 which occurs in response to Scout’s many questions about Tom Robinson when they attend Calpurnia’s church. Calpurnia is the first to use the term “rape” in explaining the accusations when she says that “Old Mr. Bob Ewell accused him of rapin’ his girl.’” Scout interrupts and asks if the Ewells are related to children she knows who do not attend school, repeating her father’s assessment that “they were absolute trash.’”
Scout sees Bob Ewell for the...
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