To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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According to Atticus, Mayella was motivated to lie in order to rid herself of guilt. What rigid code of her society did she break? 

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During Atticus' closing remarks, he mentions that Mayella Ewell felt guilty for breaking a rigid, time-honored code of their society. The time-honored code that Atticus is referring to concerns the taboo surrounding interracial romance in the Deep South. In 1930s Alabama, it was considered taboo for a white woman to have relations with an African American man. Interracial couples were ridiculed and ostracized by racist citizens throughout the Deep South. Mayella Ewell felt guilty after she was caught by her father making advances towards Tom Robinson. After Bob Ewell had beaten his daughter, Mayella...

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