How Does Mayella Ewell Have Power In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Mayella Ewell is a poor white woman who lives in Maycomb County. Mayella’s house is a desolate Negro cabin behind the town’s trash dump. Her fence is made up of tree branches and broken tools. Despite all this, Mayella Ewell does have power. “Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her….”(Lee, Chapter 19) Tom Robinson says this when he is in court, being tried for rape. In this instance, Mayella Ewell has power in class as she is poor, so people feel bad and want to help. She can use people to do what she wants out of pity. One would think people would treat Mayella better than to just help her out of pity. “Mr. Ewell had a scalded look; as if an overnight soaking had deprived him of protective layers of dirt…. Mayella looked as if she tried to keep clean...”(Lee, Chapter 18) Mayella lives in a poor dirty house but tries to keep herself clean. People could see her as if she tries but cannot stay clean due to her family, and people could feel bad or see her as normal not poor. One would think that people would treat her kindly because she tries to be different than her upbringing. …show more content…

One corner of the yard, though, bewildered Maycomb. Against the fence, in a line, were six… jars holding brilliant red geraniums, cared for… tenderly…. People said they were Mayella Ewell’s.”(Lee, Chapter 17) Mayella is believed to meticulously take care of six flowers in her yard. Because she can take care of these flowers, people can see that Mayella can take care of other things and that she does have power as these flowers give Mayella power in her class. Because she is poor, people think she can not take care of herself or other things, but she can and tries, therefore proving that she has power. One might think that Mayella take care of the children of the house as well, not just herself and the

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