In To Kill a Mockingbird, why does Atticus emphasize the lack of a medical examination on Mayella after she was beaten?

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cmcqueeney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Atticus tries to emphasize the lack of medical attention for Mayella for two reasons. First of all, by observing Mayella's injuries, Atticus wants to prove that Tom Robinson could not have been the one to beat her, because he cannot use his left arm. The injuries that Mayella had were on the right side of her body, so the attacker would have had to have used his left hand. Also, by not seeking a doctor, it shows that Mr. Ewell was not as concerned about Mayella as he appears to be. His lack of attentiveness in getting immediate medical attention makes him look negligent and also guilty.

Proving that Tom Robinson's lame left arm could never have injured Mayella is just one of the ways that Atticus makes a solid case in his defense. None of the evidence points to Tom as the guilty party, but the town's prejudice is shown when he is declared guilty nonetheless.

abc-d | Student

Cause the first thing a dad would do (well a good one) is call a docotor to she if shes alright. The chick wasnt examined at all, what stupid idiot would do that if his daughter was just raped. Give reasonablys doubt that she wasnt raped at all and her dad beat her instead

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