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Why did Mayella think that Atticus was making fun of her?

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rosemary26 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 2, 2007 at 5:06 AM via web

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Why did Mayella think that Atticus was making fun of her?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 2, 2007 at 5:22 AM (Answer #1)

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Mayella has never been treated kindly and with respect in her life. When Atticus calls her Miss Mayella, a terms of respect in society, she thinks he's making fun of her. Remember, Mayella is uneducated and has lived her life surrounded by poverty, a drunken father who beats her, and loneliness. She would have no idea that Atticus is showing her respect.

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srstudent | Student | eNoter

Posted May 21, 2013 at 5:31 AM (Answer #2)

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Mayella thinks that he is treating her abnormally, since she is not used to being respected by others. She is constantly scolded, lives with a drunk father, and she is uneducated. 

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