Victim Or Villain? Mayella Ewell In To Kill A Mockingbird

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One of the major events in Harper Lee’s award-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird is Tom Robinson’s trial. It is based on the Scottsboro Case that took place in 1931 in Alabama, in which several black men were accused of raping two white women. Both the Scottsboro Boys and Tom Robinson are unfairly judged, however, because of prejudice against colored people. The racial discrimination makes whites’ testimony more believable even when it contradicts itself. The same happens in To Kill a Mockingbird. As we delve deeper into the case and get increasingly closer to the truth, it is quite suprising to see that Mayella Ewell is the true villain rather than a victim. She shall and must bear full ...view middle of the document...

In addition, Mayella is unforgivable for accusing Tom Robinson to death by lying in court. As Scout points out, “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.” Because of Mayella’s actions, Tom is caught, trialed, and shoot to death, yet he never blames Mayella for anything. How does Mayella, such an apthetic person, deserve pity? Moreover, before the trial begins, she swears that “the evidence she gave would be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” It is quite ironic how Mayella emphasizes the trueness of her testimony, and later holds on to her lies even when Atticus makes everything clear – she blames Tom Robinson to death in order to get rid of her guilt. Atticus says Mayella “put’s a man’s life at stake”, and Mayella absolutely does. Her testimony pushes all faults onto Tom while she herself is fully responsible for everything. In addition, Mayella exploits the empathy and prejudice inside people’s hearts by saying “if you fine fancy gentlemen don’t wanna do nothin’ about it then you’re all yellow stinkin’ cowards, stinkin’ cowards.” Mayella thinks the worst thing to call other people is coward. However, little does she know, herself is a coward, as she is brave enough to tempt a colored man, yet too afraid to admit what she has done.
Last but not least, it is not acceptable to do something one knows is wrong. Mayella has always been aware of the consequences of tempting a colored man, yet she still allows it to happen. Since she has the courage to do it, Mayella should also has the courage to hold...

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