Bob Ewell

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Bob Ewell by Mind Map: Bob Ewell

1. BELIEFS & VALUES

1.1. Bigoted against the blacks

1.1.1. “What kind of man are you?” -Bob Ewell, to Atticus. Implying that Atticus is “not right” defending a black man for justice. (page 219)

1.1.1.1. Bob Ewell founds it to be atrocious that Atticus, a white man, is defending a black man. Bob has a hatred for the black people, pushing himself up as a superior race, even though he is poor and worse off than most of the blacks in Maycomb.

1.2. He has possession of his family

1.2.1. "- I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" Page 231

1.2.1.1. He describes Mayella as his own, not as her own person. This shows the possessive power he rules over her, and later in the book it is also reffered to again when Scout is describing the Ewell family life.

1.3. Reputation

1.3.1. "This morning Mr Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post-office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life." (page 236)

1.3.1.1. Bob Ewell was furious with Atticus for ruining his reputation,as he was blatantly unaware that he didn't even have one.

1.4. Power

1.4.1. "she had to walk nearly a mile out of her way to avoid the Ewells, who according to Helen, "chunked at her" the first time she tried to use the public road." Page 333

1.4.1.1. Bob is trying to entail power over Helen Robinson, to make her fear him and the possibilities of what he could do to her.

2. ACTS LIKE

2.1. Drunk

2.1.1. "He spends his welfare checks on whiskey and lets the local landowners turn a blind eye to his poaching activities out of pity for his hungry children."(page 224)

2.1.1.1. Bob Ewell uses his money from the government for reasons purely for himself, and to support his alcohol addiction.

2.2. Rude

2.2.1. "This morning Mr Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post-office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life." (page 236)

2.2.1.1. Bob Ewell is ruthless, and does not care for what anybody thinks of him. He says whatever he wants, whenever he wants. This shows his pure oblivion to manners.

2.3. Dishonest

2.3.1. "I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" (page 188)

2.3.1.1. Atticus proves later in the novel that this did not intact happen, even though the court ruled that Tom Robinson was guilty..

3. MOTIVATED BY

3.1. Fear

3.1.1. "You don't have to touch her, all you have to do is make her afraid, an' if assault ain't enough to keep you locked up awhile, I'll get you in on the ladies' law, so get outa my sight!" (page 272)

3.1.1.1. This quote is after the trial and shows that he is still scared of the law, even though he thinks he is above it. This quote also shows that after the trial people are now still unhappy with his presence but he expected to become a hero

3.2. Self preservation

3.2.1. "Who beat you up? Tom robinson or your father?' No answer 'What did your father see in the window, the crime of rape, or the best defense to it? Why don't you tell the truth, child? Didn't Bob Ewell beat you up?' (page 204)

3.2.1.1. In this quote it shows that Bob Ewell has done his best to train Mayella to tell his version of events, even though they are completely untrue. He holds his self preservation above the truth and the wellbieng of his dauters

3.3. Racism

3.3.1. "He stood up and pointed his finger at Tom Robinson. '—I seen that black n_g_er yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella!'" (page 188)

3.3.1.1. This shows that he doesn't have any respect for the colored members of the community and that he feels as though he is above them

4. HOW OTHERS SEE HIM OR HER...

4.1. Poor

4.1.1. "'It's against the law, all right,' said my father, 'and it's certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains.'"(page 32)

4.1.1.1. There are a few times in the book where it is mentioned that Bob spends all his money from the government on himself, instead of his children and their education and health.

4.2. Offensive

4.2.1. "Nigger", "ruttin'", "nigger-nest"

4.2.1.1. When you think of Bob Ewell you think of him swearing and the way he talks to people abusively.

4.3. Abusive

4.3.1. "She had to walk nearly a mile out of her way to avoid the Ewells, who according to Helen, "chunked at her" the first time she tried to use the public road." (page 333)

4.3.1.1. Explain

5. LOOKS LIKE

5.1. Red in the face

5.1.1. "He seemed to grow ruddy again; his chest swelled, and once more was a red little rooster." (page 252)

5.1.1.1. Ruddy = Red. He swelled, meaning he puffed up. The metaphor referring to him as a red little rooster was powerful in depicting how he appeared to the Scout.

5.2. Abnormal/Informal

5.2.1. "His nose was thin, pointed, and shiny; he had no chin to speak of" (page 227)

5.2.1.1. He is depicted as a greasy man, with odd qualities. Having 'no chin' is not something you see everyday, and although it was probably an exaggeration on Scouts part, it is still a very powerful way of interoperating Bob Ewells appearance.

6. TEXTUAL ISSUES OR CONCERNS LINKED TO THIS CHARACTER

6.1. He said he'd get Atticus

6.1.1. "This morning Mr Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post-office corner, spat in his face, and told him he'd get him if it took the rest of his life." (page 236)

6.1.1.1. Because Atticus wasn't on his side in the trial, Bob decided he was going to get him. He causes trouble for everyone connected to the trial.

6.2. He tried to kill Scout and Jem

6.2.1. "He was running, running towards us with no child's steps." (page 285) "He's good and dead. He won't hurt these children again.' (page 291)

6.2.1.1. Bob tries to kill Scout and Jem in attempt to get back at Atticus for standing up for Tom in court.

6.3. He doesn't care about his children

6.3.1. "'It's against the law, all right,' said my father, 'and it's certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains.'" (page 32)

6.3.1.1. The Ewell's are quite poor, and Bob uses all the money he gets from the government on himself instead of his family. He doesn't have his priorities right and has no idea how to raise a family.

6.4. He's a liar with a bad attitude

6.4.1. "I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!" (page 188)

6.4.1.1. Bob knows he's in the wrong in this trial, but he blames it on Tom Robinson because he's black and no one will believe a black man over a white one. He lies his way through the trial and wins, and then goes after anyone involved in the opposite side.