Cite evidence that Mayella was different from the other Ewells?

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blacksheepunite | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Unlike most of the Ewells who seem to live day to day, Mayella plans for the future. Her actions show her hope that she can experience moments of happiness, and glimpses of beauty in an environment that offers her hope for neither. She lives beside a garbage dump yet she plants flowers. She may be surrounded by squalor but she still tries to beautify her surroundings. She plans is able to hope for an event in the future and plan to make it happen. Another Ewell would never have saved money, and would not have spent it search of intimacy, yet Mayella does.

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Mayella seems to feel the isolation and loneliness of her racist family more than her father or siblings. She also is the only one who seems to care at all about the squalor that they live in.

It is Mayella who reaches out to Tom in desperation for a friend, it is she who gives small gifts. But unfortunately, her upbringing is too insidious for the young girl to overcome. Readers lose most sympathy for her when she blatantly lies on the stand, and lose it completely when her testimony, though proven false, convicts the innocent Tom Robinson.

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