1930's TKAM Research Project
Life in the 1930's!
(Lee, pg. 274)
The reason Harper Lee chose to use Rockefeller in the book as shown above was because Rockefeller was a rich man. Atticus explains how all men are equal no matter if you are a non-intelligent or Einstein, and a poor man compared to Rockefeller. She simply states the opposite person was created as equally as the other.
Allusions from the 1930's!
"Let the Cup Pass From You"
WPA - Works Progress Administration
The Ewells knew they were the lowest of the lowest families in Maycomb.The only thing that keeps their family name raised just above is that they are white. You can tell they all want to show people that they are better than they give them credit for, so they thought taking Tom Robinson to court would help make their 'family name' higher. Of course to Bob Ewell, there is nothing more helpful then to help defend his daughter. In his mind, the town should think him a hero for saving Maycomb's white women from a "dangerous" black man. But in the end, his daughter and himself have been completely fooled by Atticus, even if they had been proven not guilty, everyone in that courthouse knew he was.
Bob Ewell knows himself that the Tom Robinson case backfired on him. So instead he joins the WPA because it is an organization to help the unemployed. He is made even more of a fool because from the quote above, he got fired from being lazy. This goes to show that the Ewells (Bob himself) was not willing to help his family's name. Even if it meant helping out his family, he was just a sexually and physically abusive father and a drunkard.