Mayella is a Ewell, therefore she is immediately categorized into a filthy, disgraceful person, as all Ewells appear to be. When Scout is listening at the trial, she begins to remember the red geraniums that she had seen at the Ewell’s dump of a house. She also figures out, “As Tom Robinson gave his testimony, it came to me that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world. She was even lonelier than Boo Radley, who had not been out of the house in twenty-five years” (Lee 195). Mayella Ewell is someone who wants a better life, or a better situation to be in, so she tries to improve it anyway she can, like planting the little geraniums to make her space a little nicer. As a result of the Ewells’ situation, she gets lumped in with the older people who do not deserve a good life. Thereafter, Scout recaps the fact that Mayella does not have any friends, and when Atticus asks Mayella about her friends, she assumes he is mocking her or making fun of her. Furthermore, Tom Robinson was probably the only thing she had that was close to a friend to her. Again, we see how Harper Lee expresses the fact that appearances are not what they
Green is a color that is mostly associated with the emotion, envy. Color symbolism is common in many different works and is generally associated with emotion. In this scene, Emma is at the peak of her unhappiness with her marriage and therefore at the peak of her envy towards other people she sees around her. The green hat that Emma wears symbolizes the constant envy she feels towards the peaceful people she comes in contact with. Emma is at a fair and seeing the people that are happier than she is, envious feelings swell up inside her. She is envious of all the people that she sees that are more content with their lives than she will ever be.
Although Mayella is powerful, class was where she suffered the most. “Maycomb’s Ewells lived behind the town garbage dump in what was once a Negro cabin.. Its windows were merely opens in the walls….what passed for a fence was bits of tree-limbs, broomsticks, and tool shafts….Enclosed by this barricaded was a dirty fence…. One corner of the yard, though, bewildered Maycomb. Againsts the fence, a line, were six...jars holding brilliant
In the novel: To Kill A Mockingbird, Mayella Ewell, a poor white woman, accused Tom Robinson, an African American, of rape. The Ewell’s are very indigent and her father, Bob Ewell, gets drunk and abuses Mayella. Since Mayella is very poor, this makes her not so powerful.
The 1930s was a very challenging time for america, it was the peak of the the Great Depression and the social oppression of women. The fictional novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is centered around the political issues america faced. The novel takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb Alabama where we look at the case of Tom Robinson against Mayella and Bob Ewell. The story goes that Tom Robinson went into the Ewell household and took advantage of Mayella and beat her. Although Mayella was actually the perpetrator, she won the case and Tom Robinson was sentenced to prison. Although due to being a poor, uneducated woman whom is treated like an object, Mayella is not a powerful character.
Mayella is the surrogate mother for the Ewell family, with Mrs. Ewell dead. Mayella has to take care of the children and her father. Mayella is all alone. Mayella can't go to school because she needs to take care of her siblings, especially when her father doesn't care about them and spends his welfare checks on alcohol. Mayella lives in the town dump, and already suffers the consequences from it, to spend time together children typically hang out at eachothers houses. Mayella cannot invite company to come to her house. Mayella wouldn’t have time for friends either, she is stuck with all the household responsibilities and is in charge of the children. Mayella is so antisocial that when Atticus Finch was being kind to her she thought he was sassing her. Atticus was just being polite and calling her Ma’am and Miss, and it angered Mayella. Mayella didn’t know that that was how women were talked to, which shows how little interactions she’s had with people. Then Mr. Finch asked her who her friends are, “The witness frowned as if puzzled. ‘Friends?’ ‘Yes, don’t you know anyone near your age, or older, or younger? Boys and girls? Just ordinary friends?’ Mayella’s hostility, which had subsided to grudging neutrality, flared again. ‘You makin‘ fun o’me again, Mr. Finch’ ” (Lee 245) Mayella is so antisocial that when Mr. Finch asked her if she had friends she took it as an insult. Atticus questions Mayella about her lack of
Mayella Ewell is a white woman in “To Kill A Mockingbird” that lives behind a dumpster. One reason she does not have power is her gender. Mayella is a woman, and being a woman in that time period was
Everybody has two different sides to him or her- one that is seen by others and one that is buried in their personal lives, completely hidden from others. People tend to perceive themselves as how they are seen by other people, but can open up or be exposed when they are put in that position. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, both of Mayella’s sides are evident. On the outside, she can be dismissed as a lying cheat, as she lied while on the witness stand. But, when she is forced to open up during her testimony, her true self can be seen. Some feel that what she exposes is why full sympathy should be shown towards her. Though some sympathy could be shown towards Mayella because of her abusive father and loneliness, her behavior towards
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.
In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee took the minor character of Mayella Ewell and made her into a sympathetic role to her readers in a latent way. Mayella's life at home is told through the story's background and foreshadowing references. This is how Lee made Mayella memorable enough to the reader to know who she is and her family situation without needing her point of view of her side of the story. Once Mayella enters the storyline, her actions will become understandable to the reader and generate sympathy.
Flowers are living organisms, as diverse as humans, ranging from beautiful and delicate to strong and sturdy. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the symbolism of flowers develop the characters and show the effect money had on their lives and social status in The Great Gatsby. Daisy and Myrtle are two characters with these symbolic floral names, one with a life of money, and one without.
To get started, the azaleas in the novel represent Maudie Atkinson because of her loving, strong minded, and compassionate character. Azaleas stand out because they are able to grow even in harsh and unbearable conditions. They still turn out to be in a perfect beautiful condition, unlike many flowers who need a good environment to grow. Maudie is a perfect representation of an azalea because she lives in the prejudiced, judgmental town but she still stands out when compared to other individuals in Maycomb because of her loving and compassionate character. For instance, the day after the trial, Jem and Scout are provided with Miss Maudie’s famous cake, “There was a big cake and two little ones on Miss Maudie’s kitchen table. There should have been three little ones. It was not like Miss Maudie to forget Dill, and we must have shown it. We understood when she cut from the big cake and gave the slice to Jem” (Lee 214). An azalea is known for its softness and is often given to the ones you love. Maudie makes sure to be soft and gentle with the children as they are emotionally hurt from the result of the trial.
Throughout the novel Harper Lee uses symbolism of many things to strengthen the theme of social inequality. The title of the book is the most obvious use of symbolism. The mockingbird is an animal meant for pleasure. It sings a beautiful song and hurts nothing and no one. When she receives an air gun as a gift, Scout is instructed to leave the mockingbirds alone for “its a sin to kill a mockingbird” and they pose no threat. Lee uses the mockingbird as a symbol of purity, innocence and harmlessness. Tom Robinson is a black male “Old Mr. Bob Ewell accused... of rapin‘ his girl” (Mayella Ewell a young white girl) “an’ had him arrested an‘ put in jail—” Though all evidence points to her father, Robert Ewell Tom is convicted. In this situation, Tom is the mockingbird; shot down even though he has done no harm to anyone. Harper continues to address this theme when scout wears pants instead of dresses. She is an independent girl that doesn’t follow the social norms of wearing dresses and playing with dolls (Despite her aunt 's protest). Instead, she is a tomboy and enjoys playing outside, getting dirty and sports. But according to her aunt she “wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants” The pants represent her independent thinking and ability to express herself, something many girls were not doing at the time. Additionally, it is this way of thinking that allows Scout to see beyond the color of someone’s skin and accept the social outcasts.
In the short story “The Chrysanthemums” written by John Steinbeck, the flowers are symbolizing more than the eye may catch. The author displays how important these chrysanthemums are to Elisa Allen, but there is a deeper meaning to the flowers than just the love she has for them. The chrysanthemums represented more than just a passion and more than just her strength, but also her dignity. When they were thrown out on the side of the road, they symbolized her dignity which was now gone since the man she trusted them with had abandoned them and her husband she catered to lacked affection for her, because through their lenses she will never be enough.
In to Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the symbol of a mockingbird to represent innocence and people who only serve as a benefit, or at the very least have little to no negative effect on our society. Just as mockingbirds only exist to make music in the context of their affect on us, the characters in the story that are “mockingbirds” (Scout, Tom Robinson, Boo Radley) do not exist in the societal structure of Maycomb to any negative extent. Boo has almost no actual place in the societal structure of Maycomb, aside from being an urban legend, but still holds the symbolism of a mockingbird as he poses no real threat to anyone but he was still ostracized and stigmatized for no good reason. Scout is a mockingbird due to her obliviousness of