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Mayella lies about what she does to Tom and causes him to be wrongfully convicted for rape. Mayella most likely lies because she feels terrible for what she does, is being forced to by her father, and wants vengeance on Tom because he rejected her. Another reason for Mayella losing her innocence is the influence her surroundings have on her. Bob Ewell is an alcoholic father who beats and molests Mayella so of course she has been negatively effected by her father's actions and lifestyle. Mayella is forced to be an adult, take care of her younger siblings, and do most of the chores because her father will not. Mayella is also put into inappropriate situations and witnesses the darker side of humanity because of her unloving father. Scout notes, "she was as sad, I thought, as what Jem called a mixed child" (218) because Mayella does not fit in with any group but her neglectful family which makes her lonely. Mayella's loneliness also comes from a lack of affection and love in her life. The only person who shows Mayella any kindness is Tom Robinson. Mayella is so appreciative and happy because of Tom's polite and kind nature towards her. The need for more love causes Mayella to force herself on Tom. Scout is losing her innocence because of the negative atmosphere that Maycomb citizens are putting her in. Some classmates bully Scout because her dad is defending a black man. The situation affects scout the most when someone insults her father.
- Fall '19