Why did Mayella Ewell Lie? In my opinion Mayella could have lied for many reasons. First, I think she lied because she wanted to protect her father. If people found out that her father was the one who raped her; Bob would be seen as a monster in the small town of Maycomb. Bob’s social ranking in the society could have depleted.
My second example is, “’What’s rape?’ I asked him that night … and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent” (180). This is evidence he does not coddle his children unlike most parents from this time period, he just bites the bullet. He does not sugarcoat the truth, and this is good because it helps Scour get ready for life back then, and the risks. Lastly, “’In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life’” (295).
His generosity and willingness to help others was what eventually led him into trouble. When he was wrongfully accused of raping the daughter of Bob Ewell, Mayella, the jury at his trial declared him guilty of the crime even though evidence clearly proved that Tom was not. The jury concluded their decisions mainly based on prejudice and did not believe Tom’s word because he was a man of color. Due to people’s unfair judgments, an innocent mockingbird was
but it was ok for the white American’s to murder or sell the slaves two wrongful actions don’t make one side better than the other side in my eyes but that just might opinion since watching this video on Nat Turner. I don’t think Nat Turner a hero or a murder I believe he was just following his beliefs and heart and thought he was doing the right thing to help his people get freed from being slaves to the white American’s or slaves to anyone but it turned out to be a bad thing to do because it made a worse war between him and the other black American’s in the world and made the white American’s be as worse as he was before he was sentenced to be killed for his actions he was able to tell his story of his actions. I can’t say I believe the interpretations from what other’s said what happened and what Nat Turner had did for his the other slaves I think he could of just saved the slaves but not murder the white American’s just because they were selling or killing the slaves but he did what he felt was right and I don’t blame him for following his
In a racially charged atmosphere, “white trash” Mayella Ewell ignores the morality and conventions of the community, and makes a sexual advance on Tom Robinson. When discovered she covers her guilt and shame by accusing him of rape. In this era and in this community, Mayella’s accusation is seen as reasonable and unfortunately believable, which leaves Tom beaten before he enters the trial. However, Atticus expresses a powerful message in his closing argument to create a move for change in his society. The argument is expressed subliminally, by communicating that in the 1930’s society disregarded that all were equal, and categorised men and women based on the colour of their skin.
But there was someone who was ever decent to her was Tom Robinson, an African American who was accused of her beating and sexually assaulting her. So one could say this could have potentially gave her power because he was a Negro, but having consequences because of her father. Another
There are direct quotes from her stating that she thought immigrants and African Americans were “‘...human weeds, ' 'reckless breeders, ' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born" (Dew 1). Despite the fact that she did say this, she was not specifically targeting African Americans. Anti-choice fanatics twisted the scenario around to make it so that Sanger seemed to want to wipe out the black population in America entirely. However, Sanger stated her somewhat harsh opinion because she believed that people with a lower intelligence should not be allowed to procreate nor should they be trusted to use birth control correctly. While her true, undistorted opinion doesn’t seem much better, she was not in fact intolerant of African Americans.
Sexual abuse of all black women by wealthy white men was just as prevalent during emancipation as it was during slavery. The sexual abuse the enslaved black women received by their wealthy white male masters, was justified by white men and women due to the Jezebel myth they had created. Deborah Gray White defines the Jezebel myth in her reading, “Jezebel and Mammy”, when she states, "[The Jezebel] did not lead men and children to God; piety was foreign to her. She saw no advantage in prudery, indeed domesticity paled in importance before matters of the flesh” (Gray White 29). The thought of the black woman as hypersexual, allowed white men and women of all classes to sexually and racially oppress the black women, declaring them "unladylike”, not maternal figures and not sexually pure like the white women.
The stereotype about what was accepted in the traditional society, the discrimination, and social divide could not be more boldly underline by the screenwriter and director. The way Dr. Prentices parents were depicted was “IN YOUR FACE: LEARN WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM” in a way just to underline that he is not white! Furthermore, the housemaid was the last “nail in the coffin” so to speak, depicting her as almost “crazy” black woman ready to destroy the young man just because he “dares” to look outside the racial divide for marital partner. Does not make much sense to me. On other hand the Joe parents are portraited as in a way moderate, if you will kind a progressive minded couple, very much well accomplished, wealthy and surely have housemaid
Atticus Finch faced societal judgement when he accepted the task of defending Tom Robinson, who had been unjustly accused of the rape of a white women, in court. It was no easy task. When put on stand he patiently explained to the jury, as well as the world, that the horrible assumption that all black people are immoral, is wrong. That in fact, “this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of man” (Lee 273). Nonetheless, there are still people like Dolphus Raymond in the world who find themselves limited by their fear of public ridicule.