Examples Of Compassion In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, introduces and explores the extent to which compassion can stretch, in the trying times of the Great Depression. Mayella Ewell, a caring character, is reviled for her untruthful and hurtful accusations against an innocent black man. When looking at Mayella’s family life, as the oldest of eight children, caring for her poor, unprivileged family becomes her sole responsibility, a burden she must bear on her own. Mayella’s lonely lifestyle later leads her to kissing, Tom Robinson, an African who took pity on her situation. To Kill a Mockingbird, published during the Civil Right’s Movement, illustrates the pitiful life of Mayella Ewell, a character worthy of compassion, despite her immoral actions. Despite living in a large household, Mayella Ewell, portrayed as a lonely character, has no one to depend on other than herself. As Atticus conveyed to Mayella Ewell that “A…show more content…
Mayella’s decision to lie on stand after she swore to tell the truth, was well justified by the loneliness in her life, the fear in telling the truth, and her harsh family and background life. Mayella cares for her unprivileged family while her unemployed father, Bob Ewell, the only adult-like figure in the household, spends the little money their family owns on alcohol, the reason for his abusive behavior towards his daughter. Mayella is secluded from the world because of her status as a Ewell, is constantly afraid due to the abuse she endures from her father, and influenced and hindered due to her family history and background. In a town full of prejudice, Mayella is quickly overlooked as a dirty Ewell, however, looking at the whole picture, it is apparent that Mayella’s actions and family life lead her to be a character worthy of
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