How Is Mayella Ewell Justified In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the right context, war can be justified. It consists of people voluntarily fighting for a cause they have deemed fit. They willingly make the sacrifice. When innocent people are hurt and have no way to escape, a line has been crossed. These men and women will be thrown around until the conflict has resolved. Even if they have a positive effect on society, they will be harmed. These people are symbolic mockingbirds. This cycle of unfairness perfectly describes Mayella Ewell and others from the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”. People like Mayella do nothing but good, until the are trapped in a heavy conflict with no way out. In her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Harper Lee creates symbolic mockingbirds, characters who are harmed even though they are innocent. Mayella Ewell represents a symbolic mockingbird, because she has to overcome a rough home life. First, Mayella is forced to…show more content…
Throughout the story Mayella is given the unreasonable responsibility of maintaining a large, poor family; even though she is but a sibling herself. Although Mayella is the backbone of the family, she is constantly treated unfairly. All she wants is someone who listens to her and helps out with the family workload. When Atticus defends Tom at the prison, he is doing a righteous act. He simply wants Tom to have a fair trial. Atticus tries to help Tom and is almost killed while guarding his jail cell before the trial. Even though Bob Ewell won the case, he lost his already damaged reputation. After this happens, Bob decides to attack Atticus’ children in a last attempt to get back at him. Bob dies during the altercation. Mayella, Atticus, and the innocent victims of war will always be the embodiment of a mockingbird. Even though many think these people were dealt a bad hand in the game of life, they will always be mockingbirds to
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