To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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Maycomb County, Alabama during the Great Depression a young lady, Mayella Ewell blamed a black man, Tom Robinson of something incredibly despicable that turned Maycomb upside down. Mayella took advantage of the laws back then so that she could end the aggression her father gave her. Mayella is powerful due to the fact that she is white, her family is the poorest family out there, but because of her color she will always be preferred over African-Americans. In “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee uses class, race, and gender to determine if Mayella has power after all. In this case, power brought her down to be on a negative side. She may be white but because of the way she lives she will never earn the trust of others, even if she is the …show more content…

When it came down to power Mayella Ewell had plenty, not only because she was a woman but because she was white. Gender and race both provided Mayella with power in which she used against Tom Robinson. Gender had some importance but race was the main topic that actually brought Tom Robinson to go to jail. Maycomb County residents all knew about Mayella and the abuse she received from her father but of course they wanted to make an innocent man in charge of something that he did not do. Because of the differences in between Mayella’s and Tom’s skin color he was sentenced to life in prison, which resulted in him trying to flee and getting shot, which resulted in his death. In this quote you can see how Tom Robinson was neglected because of his color of skin ‘“.....-the evil assumption-that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women…..’”(“DBQ: Is Mayella Powerful?”IL, Evanston, 2013.) Mayella Ewell may have gotten away with accusing an innocent man of rape but these actions actually caused the deaths of two people, one being her own father. Mayella Ewell was very powerful, in some cases not as much but she was very powerful. As you can see during the 1930s class, race, and

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