To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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“She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man” (page 272). It is easy to interpret this character as a villian in To Kill a Mockingbird, but is she honestly a victim? This girl has grown up in poverty, has been beaten, and has had to take care of an entire household. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to change that. She lives a painful lifestyle, and that lifestyle has transformed her into the person she will always be. Mayella Violet Ewell’s important character attributes, mistreated, skeptical, and melodramatic, have forged her into the villain that most people see. Mayella Ewell has been mistreated her whole life, and it has changed her for the worse. “Maycomb’s Ewells lived behind the town garbage dump in what was once a negro cabin” (page 227). The Ewells are the most destitute white residents in Maycomb. Mayella is forced to live in a cramped and unkempt shack along with her many siblings and alcoholic father, and that is certainly not acceptable living quarters for any child. Aside from Mr. Ewell’s poor excuse for a home, he abuses Mayella. She knew that it was wrong of her father to beat her, but she would not admit it to anyone. “My paw’s never touched a hair o’ my head in my life” (page 246), was Mayella’s response to Atticus when he questioned her about their relationship. Mayella was lying out of confusion and fear. She worried what might happen to her father, and she worried what Mr. Ewell would do to her if she
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