The Light In To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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The Light in Maycomb In a town filled with poverty, racism and hate is a tiny bit of hope that lies on the shoulders of the honest Atticus finch. He is the defender of all that is good and pure in Maycomb. But with good there is always evil, and Mayella happens to fall in the evil category. She herself isn't necessary sinister, but the actions she commits only fuels the hate and prejudiced of the town which eventually condemns a man. In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, there are two very distinctly different groups, the group of good and then the group of evil. Atticus is the embodiment of good while teetering on the other side is Mayella. (110) Atticus Finch promotes only fairness, justice, and courage. Atticus also raises his children…show more content…
Do her hateful actions against tom really show how “sweet” she is, or do her actions show an abused girl worn down by her fathers repulsive behavior.. An example of this is when Mayella lures tom into her house knowing it was wrong, “She grabbed me around the legs(.....) She reach'd up and kissed th' side of me face,”(Lee, 194) Mayella is a very deceptive person, she practically sets him up for this big scandal, then puts the blame on Tom, who is in fact the mockingbird. Mayella has been subjected to many horrific events and much sorrow but that does not excuse her for condemning a man. Further more Mayella weak testimony only further promote hate and anger in Maycomb, "I got somethin' to say an' then I ain't gonna say no more. That nigger yonder took advantage of me an' if you fine fancy gentlemen don't wanta do nothin' about it then you're all yellow stinkin' cowards, stinkin' cowards, the lot of you. Your fancy airs don't come to nothin' – your ma'amin' and Miss Mayellerin' don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch,"(Lee, 290). Mayella's rage and anger finally comes out when she gives her testimony but she directs her anger towards the wrong person. She desperately begs for they jury to realize what a terrible man tom is but in truth she want they jury to open there eyes and see she is actually talking about her father. But because Mayella is too much of a

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