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Posted November 19, 2013 at 4:45 AM via web

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What are some quotes (with page numbers) that desribe Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Mayella Ewell is a character whom we are first introduced to in Chapter 18. Interestingly, she is a character that the reader hears a lot about before actually meeting her, and it is therefore very important to focus on how she is presented and described. The first impression that Scout seems to have of her suggests a somewhat contradictory impression:

A young girl walked to the witness stand... she seemed somehow fragile-looking, but when she sat facing us in the witness chair she became what she was, a thick-bodied girl accustomed to strenuous labour.

Scout continues to describe how Mayella is a character who keeps clean, and it is clear from Scout's memory of the red geraniums in the Ewell's yard that appearances are important to her. In addition, Scout mentions that when Mayella begins to gain her confidence, there was something "stealthy" about her account of what happened, "like a steady-eyed cat with a twitchy tale." These quotes from pages 196 and 198 in my edition suggest that she is a character who is somehow vulnerable beneath her rough exterior, and also present her as a somewhat calculating and deceitful character.


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