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An example of a person who makes a bad choice because she is uneducated and poor is Mayella Ewell.
Despite how much we may dislike Tom Robinson’s accuser, there is plenty of evidence that Mayella is not such a bad person. She is poor, uneducated, and lonely. A member of the poverty-embracing Ewell clan, Mayella never had a chance at a normal life. None of the Ewell children go to school past the first day. They just stay on their dirt plot near the town dump.
Scout empathizes with Mayella during Tom Robinson’s testimony.
As Tom Robinson gave his testimony, it came to me that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world. (ch 19)
During the trial, the facts about Mayella’s life come out. She alone takes care of all of her brothers and sisters. She has no friends, and does not even seem to know what that means. Her only company seemed to be Tom Robinson. She made up chores for him to do just so that she would have someone to talk to. Everything was fine until she tried to kiss him and her father saw her. She had nothing to do with accusing him. She would never have done it if her father had not pulled her along through the process of the rape trial.
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