On Jul 28, 2015, at 2:36 PM, Alina Andreevna <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I had a question about chapter 27. I don't know if maybe the question is messed up or something, but I can't find the passage on page 251. I don't know what the question wants me do answer? Please help.
Reread Atticus's explanation of Bob Ewell's actions on page 251, beginning with " I think I understand..." and ending with "Atticus chuckled." What does Atticus's explanation reveal about his character? Use the strongest evidence from the novel to support your answer.
Gotcha! Atticus represents the calm, rational man in a community of emotionally charged people; he is a sensible man who feels he can handle those who are irrational and over-wrought because he can "climb into his skin and walk around in it." In Chapter 27, when Atticus explains Bob Ewell's actions, he places himself in the man's skin: Bob Ewell is white trash, detested in Maycomb, made to live by the garbage dump. But, when he gets the opportunity to gain attention by accusing a 'Negro' of sexually assaulting his daughter, Ewell thinks he will elevate himself in the eyes of the community--"He thought he'd be a hero"--because the people will want to hang Tom for touching a white woman. But, instead, Atticus proves him a liar and he and his daughter are humiliated, seen again as nothing but white trash. He chuckles because the idea of Ewell ever becoming a hero is a ridiculous idea.
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