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In To Kill a Mockingbird, characterize Mayella Ewell.

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Mayella Ewell's life is tragic. Forced to live with a father who physically, mentally, and sexually abuses her, she looks to Tom for the hope of something a little more beautiful in life. None of the Ewell children are educated, and Mayella is no exception. Her mother has died, and after realizing how violent Bob Ewell is, some inferences can certainly be made that Mayella's violent father could have been responsible for her mother's death.

Because her racist father catches her making advances toward Tom, she has to pay a heavy price. Not only does Bob beat his daughter for her actions, but Mayella is then forced to place the blame on Tom for her injuries.

She did the wrong thing, certainly. Accusing an innocent man of beating and raping her and effectively sending him to his death is immoral.

However, Mayella is a nineteen-year-old girl with no support system. She realizes that no one is coming to help her. There is not a single person in her metaphorical corner in life, and she knows that...

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