Ewell Outcasts

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee displays the Ewell family as outcasts of Maycomb, and are displayed negatively. We are shown three of the Ewell family: Burris, Bob, and Mayella, and from these three characters, we can see that the Ewell family lives up to the reputation given to them by the community. It is also depicted that the Ewells are the lowest of the low among the whites, with the single thing elevating them in society is the fact that they are white. Lee links the Ewells to negativity by using associations of words, enforcing their status in the Maycomb community. Lee’s description of where the Ewells live, “A dirt road ran from the highway past the dump, down to a small Negro settlement some five hundred yards beyond the Ewell’s”, illustrates the location of where the Ewell’s live. The word ‘dirt’ to describe the word road associates with the Ewells, demonstrating how the Ewells are the dirt in the community. This highlights how, although the Ewells are outcasts of the community, they are still above the blacks in Maycomb because they are white.…show more content…
He is described as “neck was dark grey, the backs of his hands were rusty, and his finger-nails were black deep into the quick”. By listing his appearance in this way and repeating adjectives that describes his uncleanliness, it emphasizes his filthiness, suggesting that the Ewell’s do not care about him. This idea is further reinforced when he is described as ‘contemptuous’ as this shows us that his family has not taught him any manners, which is of contrast to Scout who, although rash, is not as ill-mannered. This depiction of Burris presents the Ewells in general as having no manners themselves, and so are unlike the others of Maycomb
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