Everybody has two different sides to him or her- one that is seen by others and one that is buried in their personal lives, completely hidden from others. People tend to perceive themselves as how they are seen by other people, but can open up or be exposed when they are put in that position. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, both of Mayella’s sides are evident. On the outside, she can be dismissed as a lying cheat, as she lied while on the witness stand. 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 was powerless in gender because she was always abused. “Mayella was beaten savagely by someone who lead almost exclusively with his left” (Document B). Based on this quote it shows that Mayella’s father had beaten her sexual, verbally, and physically. Tom Robinson also was crippled in his left hand which shows her father beat her. During the trial Atticus questions Mayella about if she loves her father and she response “he tollable, except when he is drinking” (Document B). Mayella father must have been an alcoholic and raped her during the month of November. Mayella wants to try to protect her dad from getting accused of raping her when it actually happened and falsely accuse Tom Robinson.
One day in Maycomb, Alabama during the great depression a young girl named Mayella Ewell was raped. This shows Mayella is one powerful young girl in the story To Kill A Mockingbird. It will show how she is power through class, race, and gender.
Be honest, have you ever felt like you’re better than everyone else? How much do you desire power? What is power? Someone who’s controls everything and everyone or someone who’s poor who wants the power for themselves? In my perspective, everyone wants power. People who’s lost and has no power wants to get it, and people with a lot of power wants to keep it for themselves. Power, or having control over someone or other people’s lives, plays an extraordinary role in Harper Lee’s book called “To Kill a Mockingbird”. This novel takes place in a fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. The climax of this story is a rape trial that involves a Negro, Tom Robinson, and a white woman, Mayella Ewell. In the court’s eyes’ her power is clear, but is she that powerful? Because of her vulnerability as a woman and a very low-class status, she’s powerless, but her privilege as a white person in a racist society is very powerful.
The book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, features a southern family in the 1930’s. The Finches live in Maycomb Alabama, a town unfortunately plagued with racism. Atticus, a lawyer, decides to represent Tom Robinson. A black man. Going against the popular belief in his town, he risks his life and the lives of his children, Jem and Scout. We watch as the children maneuver through their young lives all while staying true to their morals. This book introduces us to many characters who give us an idea of the contrast within Maycomb. Specifically, two characters who share interesting contrast and comparisons are Scout Finch and Mayella Ewell. These two share many similarities in the way they stray from the epitome of a lady and how they are
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird Mayella Ewell's is a powerful young teenager. In the 1930’s in Maycomb, Alabama Mayella set news to the small town, she made allegations of rape against Tom Robinson. Mayella is as powerful as the ocean when it takes you underwater. In Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird will show Mayella’s power by using Class, Race, and Gender. Power is or means having control over someone or something.
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.
“To Kill A Mockingbird”(TKAM) is a story told from the viewpoint of a young girl named Scout and a narrator who was the grown up version of Scout. Harper Lee writes an incredible story about racial prejudice and how important it is to be a good person of society. Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer who has abandoned the southern tradition of racism and takes on a challenging case defending a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom was falsely accused of rapping Mayella Ewell, a young woman who lives by the dumps. Mayella is not a sympathetic character because she lied under oath, “tempts” a married black man, and was the reason Tom died.
People can control many aspects of their life, but that kind of power can be challenged because of physical and social and social attributes like race, gender, and class. Traits can be limiting factors on how much flexibility someone has over their own life. Typically, rich, white males have the most power in relation to these three characteristics. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Mayella Ewell is a poor, white, nineteen year old girl who lives in the slums of the fictional town Maycomb, Alabama. Because she is a woman with a low social status, she has very little ability to change parts of her own life. Mayella is not powerful in regards to her class and gender.
Is Mayella Ewell powerful or not? Mayella Ewell, the poorest girl in the town of Maycomb, Alabama, living on a pig farm with her abusive father and in an abandoned Negro shack. The Ewell’s are the lowest of the low in the town of Maycomb, in rank wise and are not respected too much either. Bob Ewell, father of Mayella Ewell is an abusive man, sexually and physically and has an alcoholic problem. Mayella is usually beaten and sexually assaulted by him, especially when he is drinking, but Mayella has a plan that will let her be free from Bob. One would say she is not powerful because she is enclosed from the world, beaten by her father, and not very respected.
Out of the members of the family she is looked at as the most responsible. She takes care of her brothers and sisters as well as herself. Her family is one of the poorest in Maycomb. Her family and lifestyle is looked at as a disgrace, white people don't want anything to do with her. At that time, it was impossible for her to be social and friendly with black people. Scout calls her "the loneliest person in the world". Everyday Tom Robinson passed her house on his way to work and, according to Scout, he was probably the only person who was ever nice to her. Tom's evidence at the trial shows that she was planning to make a pass at Tom for quite some time. It took Mayella nearly a year to save up enough money to send all of her brothers and sisters into town to get ice cream. She was caught trying to kiss him, when her father walked in. In the 1930s it was unlawful for a white women to have any relations with a black man. If everyone found out she kissed Tom she would be shunned. Mayella would do anything to make sure that didn't happen, even if it meant Tom would be
In to Kill a Mockingbird Scout started as an innocent girl that lived in the south during the great depression that didn 't know much about life. She started to understand more over time in the book, especially during the trial of Tom Robinson.She notice that life wasn 't fair and that there is some people that she couldn 't understand their way of thinking.She sees people such as the Ewells that are some repugnant people.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in fictional Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s where racism is common and socially acceptable. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the young protagonist, tries to understand the complex lives of the people living in her town throughout the book. Additionally, she attempts to get Arthur “Boo” Radley, a reclusive man in their neighborhood, to go outside with Jeremy Atticus “Jem”, her older brother, and Charles Baker “Dill” Harris, their friend who visits during the summer. At one point, Atticus Finch, a lawyer and their father, has to defend an African-American man, Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell, the daughter of Bob Ewell and a lower class white woman. During the trial, Scout
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. They are considered poor, ignorant, and unlearned. They have no reputation to protect. Their lies are dangerous, and Tom Robinson will suffer because of their lies. Mayella and her father have been living in a life of lies there whole life. Their lives are filled with deceit. Mayella takes care of all the seven younger siblings. She feeds them and makes sure their safe but she can not do much because her father does not get enough money from his
In the successful novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, the character, Mayella Ewell, is portrayed as a victim and villain. She is a complex character who can be viewed as a lonely victim of poverty and neglect. She is also a 19 year old adult who falsely accused a man of a crime he didn’t commit. A victim is a person who feels powerless, needs lots of attention, and is passive. A villain is one who is trying to accomplish a mission, acting on personal desires, and is hiding something. Mayella Ewell is a victim.