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Bob Ewell

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Bob Ewell from the Film

Physical Appearance: White, old, unclean, not well kept.

Personality: Racist, aggressive, redneck, confident, stubborn, self-centered

Bob Ewell is a Racist and unjust man with few morals. He is the main antagonist in the second part of the book and has qualities of a misogynist.

Bob Ewell was murdered at the end of the novel, although we never learn from who. Atticus thinks it is his own son Jem that did it while some others it is Boo Radley. We the readers are convinced to believe the latter option of the two.

Dominating ChaptersEdit

Bob Ewell particularly dominates the story during the trial and when he tries to kill the Finch children. In both parts he is represented as evil or at least a negative character. A technique used by the writer to make people dislike Bob is how he speaks, for example how he calls everyone who defends black people “Nigger Lovers”. The way his words are simple and usually arrogant or racist, makes him a dislikable character.

“I’m real sorry that they picked you to defend that nigger that raped Mayella. I don’t know why I didn’t kill him myself instead of goin to the sheriff. That would have saved you and sheriff and the taxpayers’ lots of trouble...”

Presense in part one of the bookEdit

Bob Ewell isn't present in part one of the book however, his son, Burris Ewell, attends the same school as Scout and is in her class (only for the first day) and within minutes of his apearance storms out after calling the teacher, miss Caroline Fisher, a "snot nosed slut" after she screems at his lice. This introduces us to the Ewells. Later when Scout asks Atticus why she has to attend school but the Ewells don't Atticus gives us a little insight which yet again sets us up for later with Bob, Atticus says "the Ewells are made up of an exclusive society of Ewells" which basically means they think they're above the law.

Death and SymbolismEdit
-Bob Ewell, to Atticus. implying that black people should be killed and not be given a trial, which tells us how racist he is.

Bob Ewells death is symbolic with Tom's death, Boo Radley, another "Mockingbird" is saved from a probably mistrial (much like The Trial of Tom Robinson) by Sheriff Heck Tate.


“What kind of man are you?”

-Bob Ewell, to Atticus. Implying that Atticus is “not right” defending a black man for justice.

“I may not be much, Mr. Finch, but I’m still sheriff of Maycomb County. And Bob Ewell fell on his knife”

-Sheriff Tate, to Atticus, keeping it secret that Boo killed Bob Ewell and not killed himself to save another Mockingbird (Boo).

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