During the trial, does Mayella have power according to her race, class and gender? How?

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Yes. Mayella Ewell is aware that her gender and race dramatically impact the jury's decision in her case against Tom Robinson. In the racist community of Maycomb, which abides by Jim Crow laws, African Americans are constantly discriminated against and marginalized. Despite the fact that Mayella is falsely accusing an innocent man of a serious crime, she feels confident that her gender and race will sway the jury's decision in her favor.

Atticus elaborates on Mayella's intentions during his closing remarks, which reveals how she attempts to manipulate the prejudiced jurors in her favor. Atticus begins by commenting on the "time-honored code" of society that Mayella broke and mentions that she decided to place the blame on Tom Robinson because she is confident that her word will hold up against his. Atticus says,

"The witnesses for the state, with the exception of the sheriff of Maycomb County, have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to this court, in the cynical confidence that their...

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