100 Figures in the Novels: Bob Ewell

A short story about Bob Ewell in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

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 Story about Bob Ewell
Bob Ewell was a man of resentment and bitterness, his presence casting a dark shadow over the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. As the patriarch of the Ewell family, Bob was known for his laziness, his cruelty, and his penchant for stirring up trouble wherever he went.

From a young age, Bob had grown accustomed to a life of poverty and neglect, his family living on the fringes of society, scorned and shunned by the townspeople of Maycomb. But instead of striving to better himself and his circumstances, Bob wallowed in self-pity and bitterness, blaming others for his own shortcomings and failures.

One of the primary targets of Bob's anger and resentment was Atticus Finch, the respected lawyer who had dared to defend Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping Bob's daughter, Mayella. Bob saw Atticus as a threat to his authority and his sense of superiority, and he vowed to make him pay for his perceived transgressions.

Throughout the trial of Tom Robinson, Bob made his hatred for Atticus known, hurling insults and threats at him whenever the opportunity arose. He saw the trial as an opportunity to assert his dominance over the black community and the liberal-minded whites who dared to challenge the status quo, and he was determined to see Tom convicted at any cost.

But as the trial progressed, it became increasingly clear that Bob's vendetta against Atticus was driven not by a sense of justice or righteousness, but by his own deep-seated prejudices and insecurities. He saw in Atticus a reflection of everything he despised about himself—a man of integrity and moral conviction, unafraid to stand up for what was right, even in the face of overwhelming opposition.

In the end, Bob's hatred and bigotry proved to be his undoing. When Tom Robinson was found guilty of a crime he did not commit, Bob's triumph was short-lived, overshadowed by the knowledge that he had been complicit in the miscarriage of justice that had robbed an innocent man of his freedom and his life.

But even in the wake of Tom's conviction, Bob's vendetta against Atticus persisted, culminating in a violent confrontation that would leave him dead at the hands of Boo Radley, the reclusive neighbor he had long demonized and feared.

In the end, Bob Ewell's legacy was one of hatred, ignorance, and fear—a cautionary tale of the dangers of allowing prejudice and resentment to consume one's soul. He had been given countless opportunities to choose a different path, to rise above the bitterness and resentment that had defined his life, but he had squandered them all, leaving behind nothing but pain and suffering in his wake.

Other figures in the book:
Atticus FinchBoo RadleyCalpurniaHeck TateJem FinchMayella EwellMiss Maudie AtkinsonScout FinchTom Robinson