Bob Ewell Discrimination

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Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” In Harper Lee’s traditional novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee illustrates the theme of racism by the fear Bob Ewell inflicts upon Tom Robinson and his family and the life changing verdict Tom Robinson faces. This established fear causes Helen Robinson to avoid the usual route to and from town as well as to make the Robinson’s uneasy during the trial. No doubt Bob Ewell symbolized racism to Tom Robinson but also to his wife Helen Robinson. Bob Ewell harasses Tom’s wife, Helen, after the verdict of the trial. Although Bob Ewell a white man overpowers Helen Robinson, an African American woman, Bob enforces Helen to change directions of her route each morning. Helen Robinson, as stated in the novel, had to walk nearly a mile out of her way to avoid the Ewells, who, according to Helen “chunked at her” the first time she used the public road. (333) Following this further, Helen Robinson has a difficult time searching for a job position. The result of the trial, her race, and her gender provokes the Maycomb community to not hire Helen for a job. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Let no man pull…show more content…
(17) Following this statement, Bob Ewell indicates racism throughout the trial. Although the evidence placed in the trial proves Tom Robinson is not quality, a white man’s word is taken over a black man’s word. The jury creates a life changing verdict. Not only Tom Robinson but also his wife, Helen, has to face prejudice when the trials verdict is declared. Bob Ewell accuses Tom Robinson of raping Mayella although Bob’s daughter “tempted a nigger.” () Tom Robinson is later faced with a dangerous situation. Tom Robinson is found quality because of the preordained lifestyle that the words a white man overpowers the word of a black
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