Why should Bob Ewell not get his kids taken away in To Kill A Mockingbird? 

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Despite being labeled as the "disgrace of Maycomb," Bob Ewell should not get his children taken away for several reasons. Everyone in Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s is struggling to make ends meet because of the economic crisis that has spread throughout the nation. The Ewells are no exception. Despite Burris Ewell coming to school shoeless and wearing tattered clothes, he is not the exception in Scout's first-grade class. Other students such as Walter Cunningham Jr. attend school shoeless and in disarray. Bob Ewell is not the only parent in Maycomb who is struggling to keep his children fed and clothed. Atticus mentions that he is allowed to hunt all-year-round, which suggests Bob is a rather successful hunter and capable of feeding his children. Bob Ewell lives off welfare checks and is even employed for a short time. The fact that he is already receiving assistance from the state shows that he is willing to accept help from others. The Maycomb community can be described as traditional, and the neighbors often help one another. They understand Bob Ewell is a widower, which may be the reason they sympathize with him and allow him to keep his children. Also, his oldest daughter, Mayella, is predominately responsible for raising her siblings. The children seem to be in good hands with Mayella. Mayella tries her best to take care of her siblings and is always at home supervising them. Bob Ewell's children are fed, supervised, clothed, and have shelter. Despite being dirty and raised without morals, they do not suffer from neglect or abuse and are not in imminent danger. There is no reason that Bob's children should be taken away.

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