How Does Bob Ewell Create Suspense In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Questions Anisha Rai

II. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is told in first person point of view by Jean Louise “Scout” Finch.

1. The setting of the novel is Maycomb County, Alabama, in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Maycomb is a tranquil, old Southern town where rumors spread like wildfire, and everyone in the town knows the background and behavior of every family living there. Maycomb has a social hierarchy based on family background, and the African Americans in the community are at the bottom of the hierarchy. There is white supremacy along with prejudice and discrimination in Maycomb. As the novel takes place during the Great Depression,
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1. The author foreshadows Bob Ewell’s attack on the Finch children. At the beginning of the story, Scout talks about Jem’s broken arm and comments that “the Ewells started it all.” Bob Ewell threatens to harm Atticus even if it took him a lifetime, and Alexandra Finch says, “His kind’d do anything to pay off a grudge.” After Tom Robinson 's death, Bob Ewell “said it made one down and about two more to go.” All these events foreshadow that Bob Ewell is definitely going to do something despicable to the Finch children.
2. The use of foreshadowing creates suspense because we know that something is definitely going to happen based on the foreshadow making us tense and anxious about what 's going to happen next. In the novel, we know that Bob Ewell is going to do something despicable to the Finches which makes us curious about what he 's going to do and how he’s going to go about it.

1. An example of a passage with good word connotation to establish mood is: “Jem and I hated her. If she was on the porch when we passed, we would be raked by her wrathful gaze, subjected to ruthless interrogation regarding our behavior, and given a melancholy prediction on what we would amount to when we grew up, which was always nothing.”(Chapter 11, paragraph

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