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To Kill A Mockingbird Antagonist/Protagonist Essay

By jlkoon Oct 19, 2014 729 Words
J. Koon
October 10, 2014
English 2
Ms. Dianne Hartness
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

In To Kill a Mockingbird the lessons of hard life are learned it’s easy to see that life isn’t always as it seems in Maycomb County Alabama. In To Kill a Mockingbird there is Scout; Scout is the protagonist or the “good” guy because although her home is placed in a racially tensed Southern town she over sees this aspect and learns from it she also is the lead character who narrates the novel. Bob Ewell is a perfect example of the antagonist or villain in the novel the way he has such utter disregard for other human beings. We see the disregard when the Tom Robinson case begins showing the true racial and overall disregard for others. The Ewells are an uneducated family which is looked down upon in Maycomb community. The Ewell children only attend school on the first day to avoid the law. A student in the first grade told the teacher, "He's one of the Ewells, ma'am…They come first day every year and then leave…You're supposed to mark ‘em absent the rest of the year…" (27). This shows why the Ewells are so uneducated. They are a very poor and dirty family. They live behind the town garbage dump. The roof of their cabin consisted of smashed tin cans as their shingles. Bob Ewell is a cowardly alcoholic and a horrid father. As the trial began they called Heck Tate the sheriff then Bob and then Mayella … “I turned around an ’fore I knew it he was on me. Just run up behind me, he did. He got me around the neck, cussin’ me an’ sayin’ dirt- I fought’n’hollered, but he had me round the neck. He hit me again an’ agin-“ This is a portion of Mayella Ewell’s side of what happened when sitting on the stand. This is a prime example of the when the true Bob Ewell emerges at the point when his daughter Mayella Ewell cries rape by Tom Robinson. When Atticus Finch, Scouts father and Tom Robinsons attorney, questions him on his accounts of what had happened on the night of the alleged rape, Atticus asks questions that prodded the line on whether Bob Ewell had something to do with it and Bob’s attitude fully changes and he becomes angered with how he thinks he is the one being accused something. “This morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus at the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he’d get him if it took the rest of his life.” When Bob Ewell attacks Scout and Jem as they walked home from the pageant Boo Radley the mysterious, scary, horrific and terrifying neighbor they were scared of for so long turned out to be there hero and a really great person. “Bob Ewell’s lyin’ on the ground under that tree down yonder with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs. He’s dead, Mr.Finch.” Later it came to Bob Ewell had intended on using the kitchen knife to kill Jem and Scout and maybe the rest of the family who would know? Before anything could happen Boo Radley saved Jem and Scout. Bob Ewell didn’t have that well of an ending its is thought that he instead of ending up taking the consequences of his actions decided to take his own life to try and frame someone else and not have to deal with the aftermath. After the attack Jem ended up with a newly broken arm and a large gash/ scrape along the side of his face and Scout suffered a few minor bruises and scratches. In the end Bob Ewell was just a very nasty mean man with no regard for other people and their feelings and thoughts he was overall a bad person and a character of evil a man that tries to harm two innocent children to “get back” is an evil headed human being and in the end this resulted in his death and that was the end of the nasty, rude, evil, greedy, racist man named Bob Ewell and his total and utter disregard for any human being other than himself. What would it have taken for Ewell to overcome his background and become a more tolerable person? Short of a miracle, it’s hard to say.

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