How Much Of The 's Treatment Is Too Trusted More By The Jury Than Tom

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1)How much of Mayella’s treatment is due not just to her being a white person accusing an African American of a crime, but a white woman accusing an African-American man of rape? Though Mayella’s testimony is naturally trusted more by the jury than Tom’s because of their racial differences, the real reason why Mayella’s powerful monologue during the trial is given importance and seen as truthful is because of her position as a white woman. One of the central tenets of Southern hospitality and tradition that emerges during the novel is the protective and gentlemanlike behavior of men towards women. When Mayella states “That N-word yonder took advantage of me an’ if you fine fancy gentlemen don’t wanta do nothin’ about it then you’re all …show more content…
However, the fear of both her father’s retribution and the town’s reaction prompts her to lambast the jury instead. Furthermore, Mayella faces an internal conflict between her real affection for Tom and the social realities of her time. Mayella is torn between this struggle and her father’s actions, so she accuses Tom of rape as a coping mechanism and under duress. In fact, Mayella can be compared to Ruth in The Color of Water in that both were abused by their fathers and experienced rough childhoods marked by vicious discrimination and a sense of loneliness.
3)Would the novel sound different if Scout was a boy? Why or why not?
In general, most of the novel would sound similar if Scout were a boy. Throughout the book, Scout reveals qualities that align with a tomboy. For example, Scout lacks interest in emotions and morals throughout the first half of the book, and this is displayed when she yells at Walter Cunningham for pouring syrup all over his dinner. Scout also picks fights often, a stereotype commonly associated with boys, such as when she beats up Walter in the school’s playground. Yet, through the trial and after it, Scout gains a new broadened perspective on her town and encounters several realities about Maycomb, such as the inherent discrimination within it and the true nature of people
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