To Kill a Mockingbird Spit Scene


Angry about the outcome of the case, Bob Ewell spits in the face of Atticus who was defending Tom Robinson. Atticus responds to the spit and threats with calm empathy.


  • What is the benefit of being slow to anger?
  • Why was Atticus able to not respond in a impulsive manner?
  • How does his response strengthen his case?
  • How can you learn to control your actions, instead of acting based off your emotions?