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In "to KIll a mockingbird,Bob Ewell demonstrates that racism
Transcript of In "to KIll a mockingbird,Bob Ewell demonstrates that racism
Racism is kept alive through ignorance and fear, because
"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for." (232)
Bob and Mayella constructed a story about Tom, and the jury chose to believe it, because they wanted to believe that a white man would not beat his daughter.
Bob Ewell persecuted Tom Robinson, Even though Ewell knew that Tom had done nothing.
"'How bad is this going to be?' 'It couldn't be worse, Jack. The only thing we got is a black man's word against the Ewells'...
It boils down to you-did--I didn't.
The jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the Ewells'.'"(117)
In "To Kill A Mockingbird,"Bob Ewell demonstrates that racism is kept alive through ignorance and fear by blameing Tom Robinson for beating Mayella, giving Helen Robinson a hard time on her way to work, and by trying to kill Jem and Scout, when they had never wronged him.
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird... Mocking birds don't do anything but sing their hearts out for us."(119)
" She had to walk nearly a mile out of her way to avoid the Ewells,who,...'chunked at her' the first time she tried to use the....road. Mr. Link Deas ....recived the impression that helen was comeingto work from the wrong direction"(333)
"Helen went to work...and used the public road. Nobody chunked at her,but when she was a few yards beyond the Ewell house, she looked around and saw Mr. Ewell walking behind her. She turned and walked on, and Mr. Ewell kept the same distance behind her until she reached Mr. Link Deas's house. All the way to the house, Helen said, she heard a soft voice behind her, crooning foul words."(334)
"When a child asks you something, answer him for goodness' sake. But don't make a production out of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em."(116)