Mr.Ewell, the antagonist in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, has a few traits that influence his relationship with others. One, he is really cruel, Two he is very foolish. Three he is a coward and a liar!
In the screenplay it says (see in NowComment):
Ewell. I agree with everything Mr. Tate said. Her eye was blacked. She was mighty beat up . . . mighty.
Atticus. Now, Mr. Ewell, can you . . . er . . . can you read and write?
Ewell. Yes Mr. Finch. I can read and I can write….. Well, what’s so interesting’?
Judge. You’re left-handed, Mr. Ewell
Mendacity comes into play here when Mr. Ewell lied about not beating up Mayella. She was beaten up by someone left handed. Tom Robinson can’t even use his left hand so it was obviously Ewell, which shouldn’t even be pointed out. Ewell is very cruel, he was the one who beat up his own daughter. Mr. Ewell is a total fool and a liar.
Later on page 40 (or in NowComment), Atticus interacts with Ewell, basically trying to avoid him. In the screenplay it states:
Jem- tell my daddy to come out here please
Atticus- no need to be afraid of him son. He’s all bluff.
Atticus later on responded to Jem saying (in NowComment), “There’s a lot of ugly things in this world son. I wish i could keep em all away from you. that’s never possible.”
Ewell’s traits deepen a readers sense of his cruelty and sparks a feeling of danger and hatred toward others including his own daughter and Atticus and his family.