How did Bob Ewell die

Summary: Who disturbs the nightingale by Harper Lee

The table of contents and the character analysis are based on the original English text "To kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.


Jean Louis Finch, called Scout, grew up with her four year older brother Jem in the small American town of Maycomb County in the 1930s. They are brought up to the best of their ability by their father, the MP and attorney Atticus Finch. The children spend every summer with their friend Dill, who each comes from a different city. Together they play theater and pass the time elsewhere. A very popular topic of conversation for the three children every year is the neighbor Arthur Boo Radley. He lives in the neighboring house of the Finchs, but rarely comes outside. The three of them have never seen him and that's why there are many rumors about Boo, including that he is supposed to feed on squirrels. Jem and Dill really want to see Boo once and keep trying to lure him out of the house. Once they come almost to his front door, but then they make too much noise and flee. Then it was said that in the future Boo would shoot anything that moves. From that moment on, the three keep their hands off their plan.

Scout and Jem are getting older, going to school and slowly but surely growing up. Atticus, an upright and honest man full of principles, tries to give them advice and action. Because of a case of Atticus, the children are confronted with the issue of racism for the first time. Atticus is chosen as public defender for the black worker Tom Robinson. Robinson is accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. Atticus stands up for Robinson and can then prove in court that his client, whose left arm is crippled due to an accident, cannot possibly be the perpetrator. The decision is still negative. The jury simply see Robinson as someone from the black minority who cannot possibly be innocent and unanimously condemn him. He is then transferred to the next larger prison, where he is shot while trying to escape.

Atticus made many enemies in Maycomb by defending Robinson. The population did not understand how Atticus could seriously expect a black person to be treated the same way as a white person in court. Jem and Scout were also teased at school that their father was a negro friend. But there were also those who agreed with Atticus and saw that the story of Mayella Ewell and her father was a lie. Of course, Father Ewell himself knew that too, but he could not bear this disgrace and therefore Atticus threatened that he would take revenge. But he wasn't particularly afraid of Ewell.

On Halloween, Jem and Scout go outside together in the evening. Scout is disguised as ham because she played that role in the theater. On the way home, she's still wearing this costume, so she can't see much and is slow. She and Jem are walking across the square in front of the school when they hear someone following them. Since it is dark you cannot see him. But suddenly someone attacks her. Jem cannot defend himself, the attacker is too strong. Because of the costume, Scout can neither see who the attacker is nor what is happening. She runs home, where Atticus immediately calls a doctor to look after Jem and the sheriff to look for the attacker.

The doctor only diagnosed Jem as having a broken arm. The sheriff found the culprit. It was Ewell who had ambushed the two children. However, Ewell is dead - impaled on a knife. At first everyone thinks that the perpetrator was Jem, but it turns out that it was not Jem, but the neighbor Boo Radley. However, since Boo shies away from the attention and does not want to become the talk of the town, it is decided to tell the population that Ewell fell on his knife in a fight and died that way.

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Character analysis

Atticus Finch: Atticus is of an advanced age for a father of two young children. His wife died early and he is therefore a single parent. The black employee Calpurnia helps in the household and has also become a mother substitute for the children. Atticus is a man without prejudice, who has many principles and always tries to pass this on to his children. Atticus is a respected man in Maycomb County because, in addition to being a lawyer, he is also an MP. In addition, he used to be the best shooter in town and has other unimagined qualities.

While defending Tom Robinson, he took a strong stand against racism. He wants to achieve that in court, judgments are not based on skin color, but according to the law. With his commitment, he not only makes friends in the city.

Scout Finch: She's the narrator of this story. Atticus is the great role model for her, she learned everything from him, including reading. When she starts school, she is told that she is no longer allowed to read and that Atticus is no longer allowed to teach her. So she doesn't want to go to school anymore.

Scout is not your typical girl because due to the fact that she does a lot with her older brother and Dill, she doesn't act like a girl. This prompts Aunt Alexandra to move in with the Finchs. She wants to teach Scout how to behave as a girl and what a budding Finch should and should not do. However, Scout is not at all fond of it and cannot imagine becoming that way later. She believes that her father will be enough by far as an educator.

Jem Finch: Jem is four years older than Scout and absolutely enthusiastic about football. He spends a lot of time with his sister and Dill, but over time he begins to change. In puberty he becomes know-it-all and wants to teach both Scout and Dill. This doesn't really appeal to the two of them. Still, Jem is a good boy. He is very well read, intelligent and would like to follow in his father's footsteps one day. He also has a keen sense of justice. For example, a world collapsed for him when Robinson was found guilty in court. He cannot understand how someone, knowing that Robinson is innocent, can find him guilty.

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