To Kill a Mockingbird Analytical

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Analysis Essay Lily Stankevich “’-do you wish to reconsider any of your testimony?’… ‘I told’ja what happened.” In this moment Mayella Ewell changes from a victim to a perpetrator. She was given a chance to save Tom Robinson and send her father to jail. Instead, she chose to hide her embarrassment and guilt by sending an innocent man to jail and probably (due to racism) to his death. In chapters 17-20 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee wants to point out that just like anyone, Mayella Ewell became a victim. But what choices she made, turned her into a perpetrator. “It came to me that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world.” Upon hearing this, I thought of Mayella as a victim. She had eight other people in her house with her, but no one ever helped her with chores or shown any affection for her. When asked if she had friends, she seemed completely confused by the idea of having friends. She wasn’t accepted into society because of who her family was. All she had was Tom Robinson and her red geraniums. And she lost Tom Robinson. “’Who beat you up? Tom Robinson or your father?’ No answer.” Here is where she had a chance to tell the truth. In the book it hints several times her father Bob Ewell has physically and sexually abused Mayella Ewell. She was given a few chances during her testimony to tell the truth. Her father would have been arrested, Tom Robinson would be found innocent and she wouldn’t have to live in fear of her own family member anymore. Due to her choices, she becomes a perpetrator. During Tom’s testimony, he says “She reached up an’ kissed me on the side of th’ face. She says she never kissed a grown man before an’ she might as well kiss a n_____. She says what her papa do to her don’t count.” It is clear that Tom and Mayella’s testimonies contradict each other greatly. The reader s obviously meant to believe

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