We are set in our ways, bound by our perspectives and stuck in our thinking- Joes Osteen. While many opportunities arise in life for many different individuals of very different backgrounds, people rarely accept their shovel to dig out of their hole. In Harper Lee’s novel to Kill a Mockingbird Bob Ewell is given many chances to pull himself and his family out of their elected squalor; however, being set in his ways he never took a leap into the above. Bob Ewell had many chances to rise out of social inequality and to free his family from their political bondage, although, he never took the chances to heart.
Some readers feel that it is not always possible to work out of political bondage, or that Bob Ewell did the best he could with what he had. However, this statement is quickly torn to pieces when data is from the novel is more closely scrutinized. Although, his wife did die and left him with many children in a very poor economical standing, he still ...view middle of the document...
He had more than one opportunity to raise himself from the hole he has been digging for over 10 years, and did not.
Bob was a very lazy man, and did not try very hard to work for money. “He was the only man I ever heard of who was fired from the WPA for laziness” (27). The fact that he got a position of employment showed that he was capable, although, after his termination he never got another job. He truly did not want to work. If one does not want to work or is lazy then it is impossible to rise from social bondage. If the Ewells wanted to ever be socially equal minimal effort would never be sufficient.
Bob was selfish and still set in his ways even when money became available. Mr. Bob Ewell blew the welfare check, which was meant for his family, on worthless wallowing whiskey.” [Bob Ewell] spends his relief checks on green whiskey his ...” (52). Again this demonstrates how he had a chance to begin to revive his reputation, but he once again stood aside and watched it suffocate. If he didn’t want to do it for himself, he could have at least done it for his family.
There was hope; the Ewell family had not been completely consumed by the darkness. Mayella, Bob’s daughter, nurtured geraniums on their property. "Against the fence, in a line, were six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums, cared for as tenderly as if they belonged to Miss Maudie Atkinson, had Miss Maudie deigned to permit a geranium on her premises. People said they were Mayella Ewell's"(64). This is very significant because it shows that Mayella has compassion for some of the finer things in life; deep down she craves it. She cared for the geraniums and nurtured them to their beautiful prime; she was doing her best to achieve what she wanted with what she had.
In all reality social inequality has its limits and those limits can be broken allowing an individual to escape into a higher class of society. Despite their being a spark of hope emanating from the darkness of the Ewell home no wood was ever gathered to create a fire. Societal inequality is not a permanent state, it can be broken but it requires effort. Even though Bob Ewell had many chances to improve his own and his family’s situation economically and politically, he was to set in his ways to repair the condition at hand.