One day in Maycomb, Alabama during the great depression a young girl named Mayella Ewell was raped. This shows Mayella is one powerful young girl in the story To Kill A Mockingbird. It will show how she is power through class, race, and gender.
First Mayella is powerful through her class ranking. In the story it said that the “Maycomb’s Ewells lived behind the town garbage dump in what was once a Negro cabin…”. This shows that Mayella Ewell is powerful through her class by saying she is the lowest of the low of classes. Mayella and her family are very poor and can not really afford anything extra. They also say that “... white people wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs…’. This is saying since she was in the lowest class, that she lived wherever and did whatever she needed to do to survive, therefore Mayella Ewell is powerful through class by living life to the fullest and doing everything she can to survive no matter the money or class. Another reason how Mayella is powerful is by her gender. It states that he “... tried to help her…”. This is saying since Mayella is a girl that a guy will do anything to help a girl that needs help. It states “yes, suh I felt sorry for her…”. According to this statement, it …show more content…
In court, they said “ Now don’t you be so confident, Mr.Jem, I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man…”. This quote is saying because she is a white person that means that she will always win in court or get her way over a colored person. The people in the court say “that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes, men are not to be trusted…”. The quote is said, because that African Americans are liars that no one should trust or believe anything they say or do. Mayella most power is race because she is a white person and white people are the better people during this time. Mayella can over take the court case that she is in just because she a white
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Mayella Ewell is a white woman, from Maycomb, Alabama, accusing an African American man named Tom Robinson, of Rape. In To Kill A Mockingbird the Ewell’s are very unfortunate. Mayella would get abused by her father, Bob Ewell, when he would get drunk. Nobody in Mayella’s town would help her because of her race,class,and gender. This could make Mayella not powerful.
When thinking of the term power, the upper rich class may come to mind. Mayella definitely does not live in the rich class. She lives in “the town’s garbage dump” (document A). In document E, they say that she lives by blacks, which back in their time was seen as a bad and poor thing to do.
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.
Mayella Ewell was a poor white girl who lived in a junkyard with her father and siblings, who told a lie that ended up killing an innocent black man. She accused Tom Robinson of rape. Since Tom was a black man the people of Maycomb saw Mayella a young white girl as the victim. Mayella’s gender, race, and class made her powerful in this situation. Harper Lee the author of To Kill A Mockingbird wrote about a young girl who accused a black man of rape.
Mayella Ewell: To Pity Or Not To Pity, That Is The Question Do you not believe that your living conditions can affect who you are? In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the main event that occurs is a trial between a black man, Tom Robinson, who is convicted of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. She is age 19, living in a town by the name of Maycomb. Mayella Ewell, who lives in poor conditions and has an unsupportive family, accuses Tom Robinson of forcing himself on top of her, taking advantage of her and abusing her.
Mayella is powerless when it comes to class and gender,her race ultimately makes her powerful. Mayella's family,the Ewells live behind the Maycomb county dump. their yard was a vapid,bare spot enclosed in a “fence” of old trash and metal ,in the yard is just as bad trash lay everywhere.but something caught the eye of everyone who passed the garbage -house, was the bright red geraniums.they looked as if someone had took very good care of them
Mayella lacks power due to her gender and is not heard at times because of her gender. This is showed when Atticus says “I doubt if we’d ever get a complete case tried—the ladies's be interrupting to ask questions”(Chapter 22). Women were looked at as less than the men and were not listened to at times. Being a woman was not the easiest task back in the 30’s. Another example of a lack of power because of gender is when Atticus says "For one thing, Miss Maudie can't serve on a jury because she's a woman-"(Chapter 22).
When you read To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, you meet Mayella, a white woman that lives with her dad and her siblings who gains power throughout the story. Mayella gets this power using her race, gender, and class in the society in the story. Mayella uses her power from being poor and by everyone feeling sorry for her and making people help her out. Mayella is white so she has power over the black people in the story, Mayella is a woman so she gets respect from the people in the society. Now you know more about Mayella and her lifestyle more, is Mayella powerful?
She understands she must say what is needed in order to sway the jury in her favor, even if that means lying under oath. By her own volition Mayella averts the attention from her fallacious testimony, and onto Tom Robinson, a black man. By doing this, Mayella is unknowingly signing Tom’s death sentence. In any other situation, it’s man’s word against a woman's, in this case it’s a black man against a white women.
The different times Mayella has been abused, sexually and physically, have caused her to want to rid of the painful emotions and acts her father pushes upon her. Due to the circumstances that Mayella has lived through, she has always been “wishing there to be relief from that suffering” (Jazaieri).
Everyone wants power. People with no power want it and people with power want to keep it. In To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, a rape trial has surfaced, Mayella Ewells who plays the victim wins the case against Tom Robinson. In Maycomb, Alabama there is issues about economic class, the roles of men and women in society, including who is more superior to whom and the importance of skin color. The question is, is Mayella truly powerful, even in the eyes of the law and after winning the case?
Mayella Ewell accuses an African American, Tom Robinson, of raping her, and she goes on trial against Tom. This trial is motivated by race, and whose word the judges trust more. Mayella knows that every white person is trusted more than an
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 Violet Ewell is a nineteen-and-a-half year old girl who lives in Maycomb County. She is the eldest of the eight Ewell siblings, and is the only other family member besides her father who knows how to read and write. She plays the role of mother to her siblings when her father drinks away their relief checks, and their family lives behind the town’s garbage dump. When called to the witness stand, the author gives us a brief description of her character. “...she seemed somehow fragile looking, but when she sat facing us in the witness chair she became what she was, a thick bodied girl accustomed to strenuous labor.”
May 's feelings of discomfort in regards to the discoveries surrounding her racial background are explored. In "This gunna show ya where ya don 't belong dumb black bitch!". The derogatory language emphasises the depth of the toilsome circumstances May must endure as an outsider in her own community. This event pushes her a step back on the rode of self-discovery as it made her aware of her status in her community. Resulting in, May fleeing for security.