What does this quote mean?"Mr. Finch, there's just some kind of men you have to shoot before you say hidy to 'em. Even then, they ain't worth the bullet it takes to shoot 'em." i don't understand it.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Atticus is known to be a decent man who always gives people the benefit of the doubt.  The only problem is that Bob Ewell doesn't deserve that courtesy and he will only take advantage of the hesitation to kill or hurt Atticus or his kids.

The passage comes after Bob tried to kill Jem and Scout, having gotten incredibly drunk to get his courage up, luckily he is stopped by Boo Radley who emerged from his house for the first time in years to save them.

The quote simply makes it clear that Bob Ewell is beneath contempt and not deserving of normal human kindness because he has become so twisted and evil in his hatred.

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hari12 | (Level 1) Honors

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This quotation means that Mr. Finch has a job on hand to shoot some people before they can escape.

The second part of the quotation: "Even then, they ain't worth the bullet it takes to shoot 'em" is a comparison of people who are to shot with the bullets.

The people whom Mr. Finch has to shoot are not even worth than a bullet. But Mr. Finch has to shoot them because they can escape if he doesnot shoot them.

It also says that the people are not even worth a bullet that Mr. Finch is using.


Hope the above information clarifies your doubt.



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