MAYELLA EWELL

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MAYELLA EWELL by Mind Map: MAYELLA EWELL

1. Bob Ewell

1.1. Father and Daughter

1.1.1. Has an incestuous relationship

1.1.2. So this raises the question: Does Mayella actually love her father?

1.2. Alcoholic

1.2.1. Drinks away the money

1.2.1.1. All the savings are used up by him

1.2.1.1.1. When Mayella lures Tom Robinson into the house, she asks him to complete a set task and offers him a nickle

1.2.2. "Do you love your father, Miss Mayella?" was his next. ‘Love him, whatcha mean?” “I mean, is he good to you, is he easy to get along with?” “He does tollable, ‘cept when-“ … “Except when he’s drinking?”

1.3. Sexually and physically abusive

1.3.1. "She says she never kissed a grown man before an's she might as well kiss a nigger. She says what her papa do to her don't count."

1.3.2. "What did her father do? Mayella Ewell was savagely beaten by someone who led almost exclusively with his left"

1.3.2.1. Bob is left-handed

1.4. "Mr Ewell reminded me of a deaf-mute

2. Tom Robinson

2.1. Asks him to help around the house

2.2. "Tom Robinson was probably the only person who was ever decent to her"

2.2.1. "She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man... no code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards."

2.2.1.1. "She knew full well the enormity of her offence, but because her desires were stronger than the code she was breaking, she persisted in breaking it... She did something every child has done - she tried to put the evidence of her offence away from her

2.3. Mayella fancies him

2.4. He didn't feel obligated to do it - he did it because he felt sorry for her, he felt as though neither Bob Ewell or the children of the house helped her with anything

2.4.1. Mayella thought he was interested, as he kept on accepting all of her offers of inviting him in

3. "...it came to me that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world. She was even lonelier than Boo Radley, who had not been out of the house in twenty-five years..."

3.1. Because Mayella is the surrogate wife of Bob and the mother figure in the family, she does not have any time to leave the house. Also due to the financial background and the impression Bob Ewell had created on behalf of the family, they are ostracised from the society.

3.2. "When Atticus asked had she any friends, she seemed not to know what he meant, then she thought he was making fun of her."

4. She was as sad, I thought, as what Jem called a mixed child: white people wouldn't have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs; Negroes wouldn't have anything to do with her because she was white.

4.1. Doesn't belong and isn't loved

4.1.1. Desperately seeks any sort of love she sees

4.2. "...but my pity does not extend so far as to her putting a man's life at stake, which she has done in an effort to get rid of her own guilt." - Atticus, court house

5. Mayella is powerless - She's involved in an incestuous and abusive relationship, but she doesn't have anywhere to go or anyone to help her. At 19, her future is set. She will most likely stay with her family, continuing to be both sexually and physically abused, until she marries and starts the cycle anew.

6. Social Class

6.1. White

6.1.1. Blacks are obligated to treat them with respect, thus can never become actual friends

6.1.1.1. Therefore, can never get over the line that separates them as slave and master.

6.1.2. Are supposedly higher on the social ladder

6.2. Poor

6.2.1. Lives in front of the garbage dump

6.2.1.1. One of the reasons why the townspeople try not to associate with the Ewells

6.2.2. When Mayella lures Tom Robinson into the house, she asks him to complete a set task and offers him a nickle

6.2.2.1. “Were you paid for your services? “No suh, not after she offered me a nickel the first time. I was glad to do it, Mr Ewell didn’t seem to help her none, and neither did the chillum, and I knowed she didn’t have no nickels to spare.”

6.3. Messed up family background

6.3.1. Mother is dead, is a surrogate wife for her father

6.3.2. Countless siblings, however did not do anything regarding the abuse from her father

6.3.2.1. Their family members have no say in the family other than the father himself.

6.3.2.2. “Where were the other children?” “They was always around, all over the place. They’d watch me work, some of ‘em, some of ‘em’d set in the window.”

6.4. The court case

6.4.1. The Ewell's reputation was completely destroyed after Atticus revealed the truth about the case

6.4.1.1. The attempted revenge Bob Ewell tried on people lowered their social class even more

6.5. Nobody said, 'That's just their way' about the Ewells

7. Racial Identity

7.1. "She has committed no crime, she has merely broken a rigid and time-honoured code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midst as unfit to live with."

7.2. Due to the racial superiority in which the Ewells had (being white), they abused the power and decided that the adequate way of getting rid of the shame and guilt was the kill off the shame and guilt himself.

7.2.1. They knew full well of the court being biased towards white people, thus they, again, abused this power against Tom Robinson

7.2.1.1. And although Tom Robinson in the end, died, however, the shame and guilt remained, as Atticus had told the whole court house what truly happened.

7.2.1.2. Through Atticus' proof of evidence, the court had hesitated about the situation

7.2.2. For Bob, it didn't matter what he did to Mayella, because he knew he could throw all of his responsibilities on to Tom Robinson