Why, according to Atticus, does Bob Ewell bear a grudge and who does Ewell see as his enemies?  

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Bob Ewell hates Atticus for making him look like a fool on the witness stand during the trial of Tom Robinson. Atticus told Jem,

"I destroyed his last shred of credibility at the trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback... He had to take it out on somebody, and I'd rather it be me..."

Although Robinson was found guilty, Ewell did nothing to win friends or improve his own image or community standing. Addtionally, Ewell later blamed Atticus for getting him fired from his government job with the WPA.

Ewell views as his enemies

  • Atticus, as seen by his spitting tobacco in his face and vowing to "get him if it took the rest of life."
  • Judge Taylor, who after Ewell's racial slur on the stand, spent the rest of the time "daring him to make a false move. After the trial, the judge nearly caught Bob prowling on his porch.
  • Helen Robinson, who Bob stalked her, "crooning foul words" as she passed his house.
  • Link Deas, who defended Helen (and Tom in court) and threatened to have Ewell arrested for assault (for harassing Helen).
cocobrown2010 | Student

Bob Ewell bears a grudge because nobody in Maycomb truly believed him and Atticus made him look like a fool on the stand, contradicting him and Mayella. 

Ewell sees the judge, the sheriff, and Atticus as his enemies.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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