Being only six, Scout does not know how to handle such situations so she tries to resolve her problems by fighting, or by talking to Atticus about what she has heard. Even though Atticus believes that she's lying, he treats her with courtesy and respect; Mayella thinks that he's making fun of her. If you don't think I mean it, just bother that girl again! That nigger yonder took advantage of me an' if you fine fancy gentlemen don't wanta do nothin' about it then you're all yellow stinkin' cowards, stinkin' cowards, the lot of you. The kids, including Jem and Scout, always waited for him to do something interesting. But don't make a production out of it. That Halloween, the town sponsors a party and play at the school.
The fact that Mayella wants a better life for herself is evidenced by the red geraniums she grows so lovingly — they're the only sign of beauty in a dismal, filthy shack and yard. He harasses Tom Robinson's wife, Helen, by showing up outside of her work. Burris is described as being chiefly antagonistic of Little Chuck Little and his teacher Miss Caroline Fisher. Being a racist, he disagrees with Atticus on principle. It's in the beginning on Scout's first day of school. Like most people in similar situations, Bob and Mayella would like to better their station in life. The sheriff, knowing that Boo, like Tom Robinson, would be misunderstood and likely convicted in a trial, protects Boo by saying that Ewell tripped and fell on his own knife.
Bob Ewell takes the stand next and causes a stir in the courtroom with his bad attitude and foul language. But these events worry Aunt Alexandra, who points out that Ewell seems to have a grudge against everyone connected with the case. Only when Scout talks to him about his son and how much he owes to Atticus does he reconsider and call off the mob. The barbershop was empty because he was early. For the fictional town of Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird, this is the Ewell family. He serves only as a means of vengeance, convenient to use at the moment.
In this situation, Bob Ewell can do little but try to recover his own pride. She gets into trouble with Miss Caroline, her teacher, because she is expected to learn reading and writing her way. In the story Heck Tate must indirectly tell Atticus to reveal the fact that he is an expert with firearms. Scout almost gets into a fight with Cecil over the trial of Tom Robinson. So why would he lie under oath and testify against an innocent man? If they acquit a black man who admittedly pities a white person, then they're voting to lessen their own power over the black community.
Local rich persons allow him to poach to feed eight hungry children. After taking the teenagers to court, Mr. Finch works hard and tries to give his family the best life he can. Bob likes being in the spotlight because he was given a chance to complain about his fate in public. All the way to the house, Helen said, she heard a soft voice behind her, crooning foul words. If they don't gain more respect from the community, at least Bob won't have to live with talk in the black community about a white woman making a play for a married black man.
Tom's left arm is crippled and useless, the result of an accident with a cotton gin when he was a child. I don't want to lose him and Scout, because they're all I've got. However, Tom makes a fatal error when he admits under cross-examination that he, a black man, felt sorry for Mayella Ewell. She is thrilled to pass on gossip to the kids about Boo Radley. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. The town disapproves of him defending Tom especially when he makes clear his intent to defend Tom Robinson to the best of his abilities.
She will most likely stay with her family, continuing to be both sexually and physically abused, until she marries and starts the cycle anew. Burris Ewell is the boythat only goes to the first day of school and calls the teacher aslut. He probably looks beat down, worn out. Ewell may be barely literate, but he's a veritable Shakespeare when it comes to offensive language. Instead of improving his life, Ewell cements his family's horrible reputation once and for all. This character is believed to be based on author , a childhood friend of Harper Lee. However importantly he shows how prejudice is passed on from parent to child.
People were disgusted when they helpedthe Ewells. For instance, Atticus makes a point of noting that even though Mayella was badly beaten and claimed to have been brutally raped, no doctor was ever called to the scene. Finch are very similar to each other; they are both single, have children and are well known in their society. Atticus gently shows the injustice of Tom's situation throughout the court proceedings. She testifies against Tom Robinson. Burris like the rest of his family is incredibly rude, yetdoesn't know how to be any other way. Heck Tate is the first witness.
Bob Ewell is the patriarch of the notorious Ewell family that resides in Maycomb. Jem matures greatly throughout the course of the novel, much more affected by events than Scout seems to be. . He lives by a garbage dump and doesn't work. She sends out public announcements, invitations, and activates the fire alarm.
Tom Robinson is convicted, but that doesn't really change Mayella's lot in life, and it doesn't gain her any sort of power or respect. He is normally the judicially-assigned defense attorney but Judge Taylor assigned Tom Robinson's case to Atticus to give Tom Robinson a better chance. Powerless, isolated, and bored, Mayella tries and fails to gain some sort of control over her life. In fact, rather than offer further thematic commentary, Lee devotes a great part of these chapters to building tension and suspense by focusing on the unpredictable threat that Bob Ewell poses. Meanwhile, the shadow of the trial still hangs over her.