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In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of raping Mayella Ewell (a white woman), announced while on trial that he felt sorry for Mayella. He knew that she was often alone and wished for some company. So, one day on his way home, she asked him to help her with something inside the house. Although he was weary of such a favor, his compassion for her was too strong. He agreed to help, but when he got inside the house she began to hug and kiss him. Being frightened of this, Tom ran away, but the damage had already been done. Bob Ewell had seen everything from the window and in a rage; he violently beat his daughter to punish her for berating herself to the point of throwing herself in a black man’s arms. Of course, not wanting to admit to the violence himself, Bob accused Tom of raping his daughter.
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