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To Kill a Mockingbird : Share Your Opinion Of The Ewells The Ewells play a significant part in this story of "To Kill a Mockingbird". In the very first chapter, Scout mentions the Ewells to people that the "Ewells started it all". Scout usually means the Ewells had an affect on the residents of Maycomb. The narrative will involve an allegation of rape and the way white and black issues (the bias that runs through the whole of the story) are covered. Burris Ewell, the son of Bob Ewell, reveals how bad his living conditions are. He has head lice and is very dirty. Scout describes him as: "He was the filthiest individual I had ever seen. His neck was dark gray, the backs of his hands were rusty, and his fingernails were black deep to the rapid". He doesn't care that he's dirty or he has head lice. He cannot read, write or spell out his name. He's got no mother and Mayella Ewell brings him up. From the very start of the narrative, the Ewells are depicted badly. Scout learns from her dad that she needed to go to college but the Ewells do not. Atticus explains the Ewells aren't ordinary people and this goes back 3 generations: "Not one of these (Ewells) had done an honest day's work in his recollection. He explained that some Christmas, when he had been getting ride of the trees, he'd take me with him and show me how they lived. They were people, but they lived like animals." This quote shows us the bias that the Ewells experience from other people in Maycomb due to their low social position in the town. We learn about the Ewells mostly from the courtroom case if Mayella Ewell has accused a black man, Tom Robinson of raping her. In the court instance we understand that Bob Ewell is ignorant and quite crude in his usage of.