But, when she is forced to open up during her testimony, her true self can be seen. Some feel that what she exposes is why full sympathy should be shown towards her. Though some sympathy could be shown towards Mayella because of her abusive father and loneliness, her behavior towards
Mayella, injured beyond repair by the forces of poverty and by the hatred that surrounds her and her family Mayella’s father forces her to lie about what really happened between her and Tom Robinson Although Mayella knows that she can tell the truth about the trial her father forces her to lie about what Tom Robinson really did. All Mayella wants is attention from someone because she has never felt that feeling before because of the way her father treats her. Although Mayella has her flaws, she does not deserve to be harmed and mistreated because truly she has not harmed anyone. This leads to the ultimate act of innocence displayed by Tom
Her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking. When she tried to put the evidence of her offense away, instead of being honest, she had put a man’s life in danger. However, Mayella is not a criminal. She is simply a woman who carries a heavy burden with no one to support or respect her. Mayella is a victim of abuse and
Things are not always what they appear to be, for reality often seems to bend around certain circumstances. To commence, one thing that appears to contrast actual reality in both the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the present time is the use of lies to bend the truth. This is formally shown in the trial case of Robinson versus Ewell when Atticus is questioning Mayella Ewell on the events that brought about the trial. Atticus questions, “do you remember him beating you about the face?
This is what she said, but Tom Robinson had a different story. His story said, that Mayella told him, “Step on that chair yonder and get the box from ontop of that chifferobe” (Lee 241). So hearing this we can see that someone is lying. I believe it is Mayella that is lying because her body language in the courtroom was nervous and sneaky. A quote that supports this is, “She had twisted her handkerchief into a sweaty rope” (Lee 241 ).
“‘... 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
Mayella was only anxious because she had something to hide: she had kissed a black man. Mr. Ewell saw the scene and decided to bring an innocent
Why would Mayella lie? Mayella would lie because the only family she has is her father Robert E. Lee Ewell. Everyone in Mayella’s family has either left or died. Mayella and her father do not want to show disgrace to their social life in the community. In reality, the Ewells have no social standing.
In the argument between Mr.Gilmer and Atticus In to kill a mockingbird about Tom Robinson being found guilty for raping Mayella. There was impressive work of rhetorical analysis (Logos, Pathos, and Ethos). This argument takes place in a courthouse in Maycomb which if packed with the people of Maycomb. The argument between Atticus and Mr.Gilmer was about Tom Robinson to find out if he truly raped and abused Mayella. In the argument between them both used Logos, Ethos, and Pathos. Almost everyone throughout Maycomb thought Tom was guilty just because of the color of his skin. But, the real question was, did Tom Robinson really abuse and take advantage of Mayella Ewell?
Mayella, however, did nothing to help Tom; as a matter of fact, she falsely testified against him in the court of law. Mayella betrayed Tom, one of the only men who showed him any kindness. This was like the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. Jesus had befriended Judas, and, even though he knew that he was going to betray him, built a strong relationship with him, the kind of bond two people get when they travel together for nearly two years. Surely, Tom had some knowledge that Mayella would eventually forsake him.
Mayella is being coerced into living a lonely and secluded lifestyle, ultimately causing her to crave any and all attention given to her. When Tom began to help Mayella with her everyday chores, it made her feel as if she was in the spotlight. During Mr. Finch’s cross-examination of Mayella, he broaches the subject of her social life, and when he asks her who her friends are, she replies in questioning manner and has no knowledge of the term “friends” (183). Additionally, Bob Ewell’s selfishness drove him to do whatever it takes to leave the lowest class of citizen in Maycomb. However, instead of working for this goal, Bob Ewell took the easy way out, and accused a black man of raping his daughter.
That is what Mayella told everyone in the court; including Atticus. Seem Atticus is still not believing her words and he keep asking and pressuring her when she become silence until she say “I got somethin' to say. And then I ain't gonna say no more. He took advantage of me. An' if you fine, fancy gentlemen ain't gonna do nothin' about it, then you're just a bunch of lousy, yella, stinkin' cowards, the - the whole bunch of ya, and your fancy airs don't come to nothin'.
After Mayella delivers her speech, Scout states, “Apparently Mayella’s recital had given her confidence, but it was not her father’s brash kind: there was something stealthy about hers, like a steady-eyed cat with a twitchy tail” (Lee 242). The word ‘recital’ insists that Mayella planned her speech. This lie was clearly