Abuse In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Many characters throughout To Kill A Mockingbird were abused and traumatized. Harper Lee included abuse as one of the main themes in her book To Kill A Mockingbird. Boo Radley, Mayella Ewell, and Dill were all abused in different ways. Abuse happens a lot in our society, but isn’t talked about much. Abuse has a lasting impact on every person that it happens too. It causes people to feel like they’re worth nothing and hopeless. Boo Radley is one of the characters that experienced abuse. Boo was a troubled teenager growing up so his father secluded him inside their home all of his life. He did many things as a kid and was going to be sent off somewhere. But, Mr. Radley thought that would be an embarrassment to the family name. One day Boo snapped and stabbed his father with scissors and spent sometime in the courthouse basement. Mr. Radley later had him removed and kept him inside their …show more content…

Bob Ewell forced Mayella to lie and say Tom Robinson raped and beat her. Atticus defends Tom Robinson in court and shows Maycomb that Bob beat his daughter. Even though Atticus has evidence that Tom didn’t do it they convict him anyways. Mayella was beaten and bruised all over her body. Mayella was scared if she told the truth her father would do worse to her. Although Mayella wanted to tell the truth on the stand, she was forced to lie. Mayella lied on the stand therefore, an innocent man was killed. Tom tried to escape and got shot seventeen times being killed. Bob Ewell beat Mayella since, he was white it didn’t matter to anyone. Bob Ewell was a very continuous person and as cold as ice. He tormented many people including Helen Robinson, Scout, Jem, and Atticus. Mayella’s father beating her had a lasting impact on her. She has to think about what she does because she knows she will suffer the consequences from her father. Although Mayella wanted to tell the truth on the stand, she was forced to

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