Physical Appearance: White, appears older than he is, unclean, not well kept, left handed.
Personality: Racist, aggressive, confident, stubborn, self-centered, and abusive towards his children
Bob Ewell, like some of contemporaries, has strong racist tendencies. He is the main antagonist in the second part of the book.
Bob Ewell was killed in the climax of the novel. Atticus thinks it is his own son Jem that did it while the sheriff, Heck Tate, decides it is Boo Radley. It is up to the reader to decide which is the true story.
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. As was common for his social class and in the historical setting of the novel, he calls everyone who defends black people “Nigger Lovers”.
“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.
“What kind of man are you?”
- -Bob Ewell, to Atticus.
“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.