A novel called To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. There is a case between an African American named Tom Robinson and a white woman named Mayella Ewell. She accused him of raping her. Tom was always kind to Mayella by helping her with things to do because he felt bad that she was always working. He passed one day and she asked him to get the box on top of the chiffarobe, so he got on the chair and got it then she put her hands around his leg, but she claims that he threw her down and raped her.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the most famous books ever written. It is about Scout Finch and her brother Jem Finch. Scout and Jem live in Maycomb County, Alabama in the 1930s, where racism is everywhere. Scout and Jem have adventures in their town with their friend Charles Baker “Dill” Harris, which include harassing Boo Radley, the neighborhood freak, and dealing with their proper Aunt Alexandra. When a black man named Tom Robinson is accused by Bob Ewell of beating and raping his daughter Mayella, Scout and Jem’s dad Atticus, who is a lawyer, defends him.
Only when he believes he lost his children does he lose his cloak of self-assurance. And the end of the story, Jem and Scout have been attacked by Mr. Ewell, the one who convicted Atticus’s defendant. When the fight is over and the sheriff checks the scene Mr. Ewell has a knife in his stomach. When Atticus is lead to believe that Jem, his son, put it there does Atticus begin to lose his usual confidence and wit. “‘If this thing’s hushed up it’ll be a simple denial to Jem of the way I’ve tried to raise him.
In Harper Lee's novel “To Kill a MockingBird”, a woman named Mayella Ewell, lived on a Piggery in Maycomb, Alabama. Mayella lived in a time when Class, race, and gender were a big controversy. Mayella had allegations against Tom Robinson. Class, race and gender were an advantage for her because of the trial with Tom Robinson. Mayella had no say in the trial, which caused her to have no power.
Two differences between the two are that Mayella seems to actually feel some compassion towards black people, unlike Bob, and Mayella does not stay bitter and angry towards the people of Maycomb after the trial, whereas Bob does. In chapter 19, Tom Robinson is telling his side of the story and says: “‘...I got down offta chair an’ turned around an’ she sorta jumped on me.’ ‘Jumped on you? Violently?’ ‘No suh, she hugged me.’ He then proceeds to say that Mayella kissed him. These signs show that Mayella does not care about the color of skin and actually, somewhat, cares for black people. Unlike Mayella, Bob despises negroes.
Filled with the anxieties of a young girl and her town, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ has a diverse cast of characters, including one Mayella Ewell. Although not the main character, she plays a pivotal role as the victim in the Tom Robinson case. In Lee’s story, direct characterization from Scout, figurative language on the stand, and other details throughout the story help readers sympathize with Mayella Ewell, as they paint a picture of her homelife and the societal obstacle course set before her. In the Court scene, there are many instances where the officials’ interactions with Mayella, and her reactions to them, can make the reader feel sympathetic towards her. One such instance, reoccuring several times throughout the scene, is when Atticus calls her ‘Miss’ Mayella Ewell to which she responds with hurt and anger, saying “Won’t answer a word you say long as you keep on mockin‘ me.” Lee also uses Jem, who (in his wise old age) is proficient at reading people, to help set the tone for Mayella being honest and victimized by all those around her.
Strangely enough, Atticus was also able to see the good in Mayella Ewell, and it tore him apart having to destroy her testimony on the stand. In chapter eighteen Scout says, “Atticus hit her hard in a way that was not clear to me, but it gave him no pleasure to do so. He sat with his head down..”(Lee 252). When Atticus had to defend Tom he also had to show the jury that Mayella was speaking lies which made him upset to do so. He knew Mayella was a victim in the situation too and did not want to hurt her more than Bob Ewell already did.
He simply wants Tom to have a fair trial. Atticus tries to help Tom and is almost killed while guarding his jail cell before the trial. Even though Bob Ewell won the case, he lost his already damaged reputation. After this happens, Bob decides to attack Atticus’ children in a last attempt to get back at him. Bob dies during the altercation.