Mayella Violet Ewell Harper Lee once said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Mayella Ewell is a lonely abused girl whose family has let her down and left her abandoned. Her symbol, color representation, character traits Taking a closer look at her reveals the true character that she is. She is a confused and blinded girl. The Nazi soldier followed their leaders blindly to complete whatever task was given to them. Like the soldier, Mayella does what her dad tells her without questioning right from wrong in the trial of Tom Robinson.
To her it’s just love. She doesn’t get a say in anything because to her nothing is wrong with what is happening to her. Mayella doesn’t know that she could speak her mind, it makes her powerless. In either case, Mayella Ewell had many chances to speak up for herself and tell the truth. Which possibly could have turned the entire case around she chose to stay quiet and comply with what everyone was telling her.
When referring to gender, Mayella would be ranked with higher power due to the fact that she only asked Tom for help so she was able to be free. Her gender could help with increasing her power but it could also decrease her power. It could decrease her power because she is a female teenager, that is getting physically and sexually abused by her father and she cannot really do anything about it. It could increase her power because she is more intelligent than her father, and she uses an African-American man to outwit him. Even though her gender could lead to either an increase or decrease in power, her race throughout the trial has helped her tremendously.
This shows that they didn 't call a doctor, to try and cover up that Bob was the one who was abusing Mayella not Tom. Bob was beating her when he saw her kissing Tom. This can cause an unbiased audience feel again think that Bob did it to Mayella and that Mayella could be the one who was trying to take advantage of Tom.
One's personal opinion About Mayella is thinking if she is powerful or not, but in one's opinion she's not powerful due to the fact that she's a woman living in a poor neighborhood but the only thing she has as an advantage is that she's white. She tries to keep control over herself and tries her best to look like a normal person and not looking like a lower class citizen. On the other hand, she is powerful because she is white and accused Tom Robinson of rape and she got away with it. She isn’t powerful really due to the fact that she lives in a broken down home with an abusive father and been hurt mentally and physically and she's been getting more and more abused toward her life. Mayella had to think of a way to stop being with him so she said Tom Robinson sexually abused her even though it was a lie due to the fact Tom Robinson never did.
This was not true, but Mayella was outraged. She couldn’t comprehend that a black man wouldn’t want to kiss a white woman. So when Tom couldn’t respond the way desired, she took it out on him. She completely ignored his will for her own sake, making her villainous. Also, the jurors are villains because they hand over the case to Mayella because she is white and Tom is black.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
Although the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, took place in the 1930s, it ties closely into the Civil Rights Movement. This novel displayed the obvious superiority whites had over blacks. It took place during a time when colored people faced discrimination, prejudice, and racism. When the book was published in the 1960s, it made whites furious, resulting in a lot of controversy. Harper Lee had a goal when writing, she wanted to show the relation between actual events that happened during the civil rights and incorporate it into her own novel to show how cruel colored people were treated, specifically when whites accused blacks of doing sinful acts.
"She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards. "(Page 207) He is saying that Mayella didn’t think that there would be a trial and that Tom would go to jail until after everything happened.
Harper Lee, the author of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, compares the Great Depression-stricken town of Maycomb to the Marxist views of “black versus white” opinions. Racism has been proven to be immoral, as it is presented in this novel. A situation in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill