In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is Harper Lee's deeper message by presenting Bob Ewell opposite Atticus Finch?

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee present Bob Ewell as a foil to Atticus Finch. A foil is someone who makes another character seem better simply because of how different he is from the other. For example, even though both men are single fathers, Bob Ewell is not as good of a provider for his family as Atticus is. Atticus provides food, a nanny, affection, and guidance for his children, while Bob Ewell does not. Atticus expects his children to go to school, obey the law, tell the truth, and treat others fairly and with kindness. Bob Ewell does none of those things for his children.

By comparing and contrasting these two fathers throughout the story, readers feel empathy for the Ewell children, who suffer under a...

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