Mayella Is Powerless In To Kill A Mockingbird

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What is Power? Power means to control yourself and/or others. This story is about a black man named Tom Robinson and a white woman named Mayella Ewell. The story consists of an unfair trial, a lot of racism, and prejudice people. What makes Mayella powerful due to class, gender, and race? Although Mayella is powerless when it comes to class and gender, her race ultimately makers her powerful. When it comes to class Mayella is powerless. Mayella and her father live in a dump and not in opulence. When the trial ended Bob Ewell, Mayella’s father thought he’d be a hero, but instead everything turned back to normal. “He thought he’d be a hero, but all he got for his pain was… okay, we’ll convict this Negro but get back to your dump(DocA).” There…show more content…
Mayella is very loquacious when it comes to talking about her father’s drinking problems. “He’s tollable, ‘cept when-’” and “Except when he’s drinking?” asked Atticus so gently that Mayella nodded(Doc B).” We know that Mayella’s father beat her, because she was hit on the right side of the face, and her father is left handed. It was reprehensible to accuse Tom of hitting Mayella, when his arm was partially amputated. “‘... What did her father do? We don’t know, but there is circumstantial evidence to indicate that Mayella Ewell was beaten savagely by someone who led almost exclusively with his left(Doc B)....’” Mayella knows that no white man will love her, because she is poor, so she goes to the next best thing which is Tom. “She reached up an’ kissed me’ side of th’ face(Doc B).” Based on the evidence she is powerless based on her…show more content…
Tom was called “boy” by Mr. Gilmer when he was questioning him, which was rude and impolite. “Are you being impudent to me, boy(Doc C).” Reverend Sykes says tells Jem to not get his hopes up, because he has never seen a black man win a court case before. “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(Doc D)...” It’s wrong for a black man to feel sorry for a white person, ever. Tom did her chores only because he felt sorry for her(Doc E). Mayella won the case because she was white and Tom was black. The jury definitely obliterated Tom’s chances of getting
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