Many people in Maycomb County , Alabama gathered to watch Atticus Finch defend Tom Robinson , a black man. The odds were already against Tom Robinson and Atticus because Tom Robinson was black and Mayella Ewell was white. Tom Robinson is being accused raping Mayella Ewell in her own home when he was suppose to be helping her with some work. Mayella told Tom Robinson to “ … come here, nigger, and bust up this chifferobe for me, I gotta nickel you. ” According to her after she asked him to bust up the chifferobe tree he attempted to rape her.
Before Atticus Finch even had a chance to question Mayella , she burst out in tears. She burst into tear when the judge simply said “Just tell us what happened”. At the stand Mayella was a nervous break down. Within the first few questions that Atticus asked her she freaked out because she thought that Atticus was “mockin” her. Atticus was only being polite by calling her ma’am and Ms.
Mayella , and Mayella seemed to just take in offense. During the questioning by Atticus , Mayella kept her same story, that Tom Robinson raped her.
She seemed to be unsure about that story mid-way through the questioning. Actually some of her responses to Atticus’s questions didn’t make sense or she wouldn’t respond at all. She told the court room that Tom Robinson hit her with his left hand on the right side of her face, even though his left Crises in Maycomb By: Kevon McClary hand is paralyzed from an accident that accord while he was a child.
The odd thing is that Mayella father, Bob Ewell , is left handed and was allegedly at the crime after the “rape” occurred.
Throughout most of her questioning Mayella seemed as if she was confused. Mayella once stated “ No, I don’t recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me”. Mayella not speaking clearly during the questioning may lead the jury to think that she is lying about her story. [ In the picture above you will see Atticus Finch questioning Mayella Ewell. ] The last couple of questions that Atticus was asking Mayella , Mayella seemed to be getting angrier by the question. There was absolutely nothing that Mayella Ewell could be getting mad about.
If I was in the jury , Mayella getting aggravated, nervous, and crying that would somewhat lead to me believing the she was lying about the whole thing. Mayella really seemed to be enraged when she said her finale statement , “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. ” My opinion of this trial is that Tom Robinson is innocent.
From Mayella freaking out , to the obvious evidence that points out Tom Robinson’s innocent. I think that Mayella Ewell is a great person, just raised by the wrong father. In a way it seems like all of Mayella answers were what Bob Ewell wanted her to say . She knows the truth behind it all , whether she wants to tell it or not. It’s already obvious to the jury and the courtroom that tom Robinson is innocent. But the only thing is that Tom Robinson is an African American male whose word is not as important as the white man or even the white woman.
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