Arthur Radley Lasting

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Quite often, people forget about what they read as soon as they finish reading it. However, when a book has a strong, important, and impactful ending, the character and lessons stay with them. Arthur Radley is a symbol of goodness, yet is treated as a premature Tom Robinson. A villain who strongly embodies the idea of racism and hatred is Bob Ewell, who suffers a truly ironic fate. By speaking his wise words, Atticus accomplishes the author's purpose and concludes the novel sufficiently. Harper Lee’s novel ends well because Arthur Radley and Bob Ewell show how good always triumphs over evil, while Atticus Finch remind readers that goodness resides in nearly everyone, …show more content…

Not only does he deal with his neighbors poorly, but his own family is also subjects of his relentless torturing. Scout recounts a conversation with Atticus, “It’s against the law all right,” said my father, “and it’s certainly bad, but when a man spends his relief checks on green whiskey his children have a way of crying from hunger pains” (Lee 34). He performs all of these acts with absolutely no punishment. After committing his most inhumane and vile act, the rape of his daughter and accusation of an innocent black man for the crime, he is finally put to trial. Ever since Atticus attempts to incarcerate him, Bob Ewell focuses on trying to harm Finch and his family. “Somehow, I could think of nothing but Mr. Bob Ewell saying that he’d get Atticus if it took him the rest of his life. Mr. Ewell almost got him, and it was the last thing he did” Scout recalls as she thinks about his maniac attempt to murder her and her brother. (Lee 306). Unsuccessful, Bob Ewell finally got what was coming to him as he subsequently “fell on his knife” (Lee 314). It is difficult to feel sympathy for Ewell because of his brutality and unethicality. An arguable case of karma, his life is cut short after harming many lives around him, and being guilty of Tom Robinson’s death. Even with all of these drastic events, Atticus Finch is still able to stay optimistic and

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