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A COMPARISON OF BOB EWELL AND ATTICUS FINCH

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Introduction

A CO MPARISON OF BOB EWELL AND ATTICUS FINCH: Bob Ewell and Atticus Finch are two of the main characters in the novel, "To kill a mockingbird". In some ways, Mr. Ewell and Mr. Finch are very similar to each other; they are both single, have children and are well known in their society. But that is about all that the two men share in common. Throughout the course of the book, it becomes more and more apparent that Bob Ewell and Atticus Finch are like 2 poles of a magnet: totally different. One of their main differences lies in their family life. Mr. Finch works hard and tries to give his family the best life he can. Although he's strict, he never hits his children. On Page 56 Jem says, "I-it's like this, Scout, Atticus ain't ever whipped me since I can remember. I wanta keep it that way." Atticus even hired a cook and maid for the house, Calpurnia, to take care of the children during his absence. ...read more.

Middle

Bob Ewell has literally no values, and he has almost no limits on what he is capable of doing. Mr. Ewell accused an innocent man for raping his daughter, just to cover up the bruises that she got while he brutally beat her for seducing a coloured man. Mr. Ewell even went as far as to attempt to kill 2 young and innocent children just because their father had defended an innocent man in court. Atticus is almost the total opposite, with a well-defined set of values. Throughout the book, Atticus tries to be as fair as possible. Although he knew he was going to lose the court case involving Tom Robinson, he still took it, knowing that he was Tom's last chance. He put up with people calling him names, but never gave up on Tom Robinson. Atticus never lost his temper, even when provoked by other characters such as Mrs. Dubose. Even when Mr. Ewell spit on Atticus, all he said was "I wish Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco" (Pg. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another thing, Mr. Bob Ewell, Burris's father, was permitted to hunt and trap out of season" "It's against the law, alright, and it's certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains. I don't know of any landowner around here who begrudges those children any game their father can hit." The above quotations, found on page 37, show that society bends rules just to prevent Bob Ewell and his family from starving to death. In conclusion, Atticus Finch can be seen as the 'hero' in this novel. He does everything legally and fairly, and is ready even to take punishments to save others. Bob Ewell is like the 'villain'; he cares about nothing and no one, and is prepared to do anything necessary if something comes in his way. In our society, both kinds of people exist, but if we were ever to have a perfect world, then people like Bob Ewell would no longer exist, and everyone would be like Atticus Finch, an ideal family man, an ideal citizen and an ideal human being. ...read more.

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