Who Is Mayella Ewell Powerless In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The 1930’s was the time period where race, class, and gender dominated the charts that dictated how much power an individual would have. White, rich men- Is that the definition of being powerful? In Harper Lee’s story, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Mayella Ewell is a young, white woman that accuses a black person of rape. She lives in a dumpy house with her dad and her siblings. She has no power in the community and her family is the definition of the lowest class. Even though Mayella Ewell might have some power in race, ultimately that does not matter because she has no power in gender and class. Mayella Ewell is powerless in the category of gender because she is a girl in a time period where men have all the power. When Tom Robinson states that Mayella Ewell said “ . . .what her papa do don’t count” (Lee B). It shows that she gets taken advantage of by her father and gets no respect from him because…show more content…
People might say that Mayella Ewell has power in the category of race because she is white, but this is not true because the society around her looks down on her and feels pity for her. Mayella Ewell has no friends and is considered to be “the loneliest person in the world. She was even lonelier than Boo Radley” (Lee D). No one wanted to be her friend, the white people view her as a dumpy person and the black people just do not like her. She has no power over a group of friends or anything which made some black people at the time think they have a better life than she does: “‘Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her . . . ’” ( Lee E). Black people were not supposed to feel sorry for a white person back then, but for them to feel sorry that must mean that she has a awful life. Even though she is white she does not have power because some black people proved that they have a better house life than her and pity her for her unfortunate life
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