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In To Kill a Mockingbird, explain Scout's statement that "she (Mayella) was even...

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Posted March 10, 2011 at 6:04 AM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, explain Scout's statement that "she (Mayella) was even lonelier than Boo Radley."

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 10, 2011 at 6:30 AM (Answer #1)

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Boo and Mayella may well have been the two loneliest people in Maycomb, but Mayella took even more extreme measures than Boo to make friends. Whether Boo knew about his reputation as Maycomb's leading ghoul, his reclusive position in his house was at least voluntary; he could have chosen to venture out into the neighborhood had he wanted. He would have been welcomed by Atticus and Miss Maudie, and the children would probably have learned to accept him--as Scout did in the final chapter. Mayella, however, had little choice in the matter. She was stuck at her home on the edge of town, responsible for taking care of her younger siblings. She had no friends of her own, no money, and no one visited her despised family. Few people passed her way accept for Tom Robinson--a married African-American man. Although the Ewells apparently despised their Negro neighbors, Tom appeared to be her only choice for companionship. So, when he entered her home, she took a chance on one of the least likely persons imaginable to be interested in her advances.

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