How To Win The Trial In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Mayella is powerful due to the fact that that she’s is not rich, instead live’s in the dump’s almost makes her powerless. But when she accuses Tom Robinson of rape it stirs up the town. Her and her family take Tom Robinson to court and put him up for trial. In To Kill a Mockingbird Mayella will use class, race, and gender to win this trial. During this trial, Mayella a white female in the 1930’s was treated with respect being called ma’am and miss. She had never been treated like this before she even thought that she was being mocked “ Won’t answer a word you say long as you keep on mockin’ me she said”(Is Mayella Powerful 17 Evanston, IL 2013). While on the other hand Tom Robinson being a black man in the 30’s was called a boy like slave men were called during slave times” it was just him I couldn’t stand, ‘ Dill said… ‘That old Mr. Gilmer doin’ him thataway, talking so hateful to him… The way that man called him “boy” all the time an’ sneered at him…’Well, Dill,after all he’s just a Negro.’(Is Mayella Powerful 17 Evanston,…show more content…
But instead she is beat constantly by her father and nobody in the town cares because they are considered trash and are poor and they do not want to associate with them.That is why in the trial, she tries to use the little power she has and win the trial and hoping that her father will not ever touch her again. But during the trial, she tries to cover up the fact that her dad beats her by blaming Tom Robinson for rape. “ He does tollable, ‘cept when-’ ‘except when?’ Mayella looked her father, who was sitting with his chair tipped against the railing. He sat up straight and waited for her answer. ‘Except when nothin’,’ said Mayella. ‘I said he does tollable.’ Mr. Ewell leaned back again. ‘Except when he’s drinking?’ asked Atticus so gently that Mayella nodded.”(Is Mayella Powerful 15 Evanston, IL
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