The novel reveals many hellish situations. It was sinful to treat Tom Robinson like trash because of hatred towards his race. It was sinful to keep Boo Radley locked away from society because of the mistakes he made. These preventable situations are like killing a mockingbird; you shouldn’t do it but it is done anyway. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley were mockingbirds because they were not a threat to society, yet were punished for being human.
Mayella Ewell is a woman no one wants to associate with, she is white so on African-American man will talk to her and she is poor so no white man will. Characters that are a higher class are treated with more respect especially if they are a white male. In Maycomb it is very segregated and many characters are placed into harsh stereotypes. When deciding if Mayella Ewell is powerful, the reader must first break down the story, in this case we can start with Mayella Ewell’s gender and how it
The Witch Hunt Leading a life of regret is a challenging existence for any man for guilt weighs heavily on the soul. John Proctor, the protagonist in Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, is burdened by an immoral act, a torrid affair, which has cost him his name and integrity. Forgiveness comes at a great price, one that he must come to terms with. John Proctor undergoes a transformation from a man battling internal strife to a man who rediscovers his personal integrity. In the small town of Salem, Massachusetts rumors of witchcraft run rampant.
Mayella did not have a lot going for her because she tried to keep clean, but she was still considered dirty. She did not know what respect was because she has never been treated respectfully. “White people wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she lived among the pigs; Negroes (the Ewells’ nearest neighbors) wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she was white… Tom Robinson was probably the only person who was ever decent to her.” ("DBQ: Is Mayella Powerful" 19). This shows that nobody would even pay attention to her and all the town knew about her father
Mayella was almost forced to say Tom Robinson raped her or her dad would have beaten her. Mayella has no power because she is very poor and she is a girl. In the 1930’s women had no rights and men did all the work. “Maycomb’s Ewells lived behind the town garbage dump in what was once a Negro cabin. Its windows were merely open spaces in the walls… What passed for a fence was bits of tree-limbs, broomsticks and tool shafts… Enclosed by this barricade was a dirty yard” (“DBQ Is Mayella Powerful 19 Doc A”).
Is Mayella Ewell powerful or not? Mayella Ewell, the poorest girl in the town of Maycomb, Alabama, living on a pig farm with her abusive father and in an abandoned Negro shack. The Ewell’s are the lowest of the low in the town of Maycomb, in rank wise and are not respected too much either. Bob Ewell, father of Mayella Ewell is an abusive man, sexually and physically and has an alcoholic problem. Mayella is usually beaten and sexually assaulted by him, especially when he is drinking, but Mayella has a plan that will let her be free from Bob.
Mayella Ewell is a girl who is facing discrimination from society while also receiving abuse from her father. She looks after her geraniums, tends to her younger brothers and sisters, and does all of the chores of the house without any help. Instead of praising her, her father Bob Ewell, regularly pummeled her. The whites want nothing to do with her due to her social position whereas the African Americans keep her distance from her because she is white. Given this, being kind and compassionate is not her strong suit.
In this scenario, they also believed that Jefferson was rightfully charged and made crude, prejudice remarks when discussed. “Should have burned him months ago. I’d pull the switch myself, they ask me” (198). However, Grant’s family cautiously came to be accepting of Vivian when she refers to herself while explaining that not all people of mixed race hate African Americans. Evidence of racism towards African Americans in the mixed community is demonstrated when Vivian was outcasted by her family for marrying an African American man, “Her family had nothing to say to her husband and hardly anything to say to her” (112).
Another difference is that racism affected women and men, but gender inequality only affected the women. An example would be Mayella Ewell. "White people wouldn't have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs; Negroes wouldn't have anything to do with her because she was white"(Lee, 192). Therefore, she was discriminated against, more than women usually were. People felt sad for her because her father beat her up, but, the citizens of Maycomb don’t feel bad because she came onto a black
Mayella's strongest power is her race, she has power in court over Tom because she is white and Tom is African American. In other words Mayella had little power in her class. People didn’t respect her because of her class, and you can tell Mayella is not used to being respected because in court Atticus calls Mayella “ma’am and miss” (DBQ Mayella, 15) and Mayella gets mad
Mayella says "That nigger yonder took advantage of me…" it is well known that someone of Tom Robinson 's nature would not do something as unprofessional as a rape. She seduced Tom as well as took advantage of his considerate being because she was mistreated. Atticus Finch says, "She is white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unacceptable…" to show that what Mayella did was not right and she knows it. Out of pressures
Hester Prynne was a Victim Living during the Puritan era has its setbacks. Hester Prynne was harshly victimized for adultery and it was not taken lightly by her Puritan judges. Hester was a victim of her time because, she was caught in a “love triangle between herself, her minister lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, and her husband, now called Roger Chillingworth”. (Seabrook) Hester was also a victim because, “Her imagination was somewhat affected, and, had she been of a softer moral and intellectual fibre, would have been still more so, by the strange and solitary anguish of her life”. (Hawthorne pg 85) Another reason Hester is a true victim because “ Hester Prynne did not now occupy precisely the same position in which we beheld her during the