How or why is Mayella Ewell a mockingbird? 

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Mayella Ewell is a product of her environment in To Kill a Mockingbird. During Tom Robinson's trial, Atticus is able to create a picture of Mayella's home life by carefully framing his questions to her. Her father is a heavy drinker, the family receives money from government assistance, and she doesn't have an education or friends. Falsely accusing an innocent man of a crime hardly fits Miss Maudie's view of a mockingbird when she says, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy." However, although she costs a man his life, perhaps there is more to Mayella's character.

Mayella maintains beautiful red geraniums that seem in stark contrast to her surroundings. At nineteen years old, she is responsible for taking care of her younger siblings leaving her no time for any companionship with others her age. When she asks Tom for help, he responds in a kind way. She is so starved for affection that she takes advantage of the only man that can't exercise power over her. To say...

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