Bob Ewell Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Imagine living during a time where you would be discriminated against and divided just because the color of your skin. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a black man named Tom Robinson was falsely accused of having raped a white woman and was not given a fair trial. The towns hatred towards black people have caused a prejudice to occur against him. The jury was made up of only white males who are biased against black people due to this prejudice. Tom has good morals, is noble, and a good-hearted human being. In fact, he would help with chores for a woman named Mayella Ewell, who just so happens to be the person he was accused of raping. Her father, Bob Ewell, is abusive towards Mayella and is an awful person. He claims to have…show more content…
Bob Ewell is a huge example of the evils of racism. He is extremely racist at black people and displays acts of violence towards those who defend them. He even went as far as to spit into Atticus’ face and threaten him. ”...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.”. (Lee 123). Bob Ewell is violent towards Atticus because Atticus chose to defend Tom Robinson, a black man. Bob doesn’t like the fact that Atticus is defending Tom Robinson just because he is black. So Bob starts to act violently towards Atticus, a man who is just doing what he believes is right. Scout also shows signs of racism throughout the novel. She is still a young girl and doesn’t understand what she says when she is being racist. Scout hears and sees all the racist things going on around her and is being corrupted because of that. “Well, Dill, after all he’s just a Negro.”. (Lee 232). Scout doesn’t understand that when she say that Tom is just a negro, she is being racist. Scout does not understand the full meaning of racism and the effect it can have on
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