What were three out-of-the-ordinary things that happened in Maycomb that Scout says--in a way--concerned the Finches?In chapters 27-31

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For a small town like Maycomb, there seemed to be many unusual things happening during the course of To Kill a Mockingbird. The three things that Scout mentioned during Chapter 27 included:

  • Helen Robinson being stalked and harrassed by Bob Ewell. This happened as a direct result of Bob being embarrassed during the trial by Atticus.
  • Judge Taylor discovering a prowler on his back porch, where "A shadow on the corner of the house caught his eye." It was probably Bob Ewell again, seeking revenge against the judge.
  • How Bob Ewell "acquired and lost a job in a matter of days." Naturally, he blamed Atticus for losing it.
khan10 | Student

Bob Ewell is outraged at the loss of respect he believes he should receive: he expected to be viewed as the hero of a weary struggle during the aftermath of the trial but was subject only to his own chagrin when placed, once again, at the very bottom of Maycomb's social ladder. This pompousness has caused him to lose his only job at the WPA, which Scout explains has been the first man ever to be fired  because of his lethargic working mannerisms. He then supposedly blamed his failure on Atticus. Furthermore, he took a visit to the Taylor household while believing Judge Taylor had attended church. Judge Taylor, upon hearing a strange scratching noise, arms himself with a gun. Helen Robinson becomes another powerless victim to Bob Ewell's capricious behavior and finds herself unable to escape him as he continues to stalk her while cursing her with lewd language. These examples only serve to further reveal Bob Ewell's indolence and cowardice as he refuses to confront Atticus and Judge Taylor and instead resorts to lowly methods such as targeting Judge Taylor's house when he believes nobody is present and accusing Atticus who can say nothing in return. Viewed as a lowly savage within the community of Maycomb, Bob can do naught to redeem himself but to prey on the weak as he does with the defenseless and grieving Helen Robinson.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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