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Period 4 Imagine a girl that was beaten and raped by her father. Sympathizing with her would be the right thing. Well not in this case. Mayella Ewell was beaten by her father, Bob Ewell beat her because Mayella was trying to be with Tom Robinson, a black, but to save the embarrassment Mr. Ewell told Mayella to say Tom Robinson tried to rape her. Due to the novel, To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee makes it impossible to sympathize with Mayella Ewell because she wanted to be with the defendant (Tom Robinson), lies about what happened, and finally lets Tom be guilty for hurting Mayella, but in reality he was innocent. The author, Harper Lee makes it very noticeable that no one should sympathize for Mayella Ewell. The author states that “she reached up an’ kissed me on the side of the face”(194). This in fact proves that Mayella was not abused by Tom. He in fact was kissed without his permission. Still, Tom was suspected of lying. Atticus (the lawyer defending Tom) as cunning as he was he knew how to prove this otherwise, “Dill leaned across me and asked Jem what Atticus was doing. Jem said Atticus was showing the jury that Tom had nothing to hide”(190). Proving that Tom was not lying but in fact telling the truth. Therefore, Mayella did make a move on tom and wanted to kiss him. Tom was only invited to do work/fix something inside the house, by Miss Mayella, “so i done what she told me, an’ I just reachin’ when the next thing I knows she- she’d grabbed me round the leg”(193). Catching Tom by surprise. Tom had no idea this was going on. Proving Tom had nothing to do with it and Miss Mayella came onto him. In addition to making a move on Tom she would lie about what would happen. Miss Mayella would instead say “He does tollable, ‘cept when- cept when?’ Mayella looked at her father” (245). Here she is stuttering and think on what to say hinting that she is lying. By her looking at her father she is letting her father get away with it. Due to the time period in the 1930s everyone was most likely to believe a white instead of a black. Tom and Atticus knew this. Like Tom, “it weren’t safe for any nigger to be in a -fix like that” (198). Tom knew he was innocent but if any white girl accused a black man of rape he would immediately get hunged or go to jail. Therefore, Mayella could easily lie if she wanted too. Now what absolutely proved that Mayella Ewell is lying was that she said something very firm and exact, “I got something to say an’ then I ain’t gonna say no more. That nigge took of me an’ if you fine fancy gentlemen don’t wanta do nothin’ then you’re all yellow stinkin cowards” (188). By insulting everyone Mayella is desperate for everyone to believe her. Thus, proving that Miss Mayella’s whole testimony was a lie. Lastly, no sympathy can come to any girl that lets any man that is innocent to be guilty. Tom was simply at the house on orders of Miss Mayella. Once he got in, it was a different story. “I said Miss Mayella, this door looked alright, then she shut the door in my face”(193). Making Tom innocent. In conclusion, the novel To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee makes it impossible to sympathize with Mayella Ewell because she wanted to be with the defendant, lies about what happened, and finally lets Tom be guilty for raping Mayella while being innocent. Mayella Ewell may have been raped by her father or beaten by her father but she lets him get away with it. Also Mayella made a move on Tom and she accused him of raping her. It is entirely impossible to sympathize for Mayella Ewell in To Kill A Mockingbird for all those things she has done. ...
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