In To Kill a Mockingbird, who has the strongest testimony: Heck Tate, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, or Tom Robinson?  Base you answer on the actual testimony, how it was received, social power, etc....

In To Kill a Mockingbird, who has the strongest testimony: Heck Tate, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, or Tom Robinson?

 

Base you answer on the actual testimony, how it was received, social power, etc. Explain your using details from the text.

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Two of the witnesses mentioned--Mayella and Tom--offered riveting testimony during the trial. Mayella's appearance was a dramatic one, and she eventually stormed off the stand screaming at Atticus and the jurors.

"...if you fine fancy gentleman don't wanna do anything about it then you're all yellow stinkin' cowards, stinkin' cowards, the lot of you."

Of course, little of Mayella's testimony was spoken truthfully, and she contradicted herself several times.

   "No, I don't recollect if he hit me. I mean, yes I do, he hit me."
   "Was your last sentence your answer?"
   "Huh? Yes, he hit... I just don't remember, I just don't remember..."

If you are asking whose testimony was the most honest and compelling, the answer would have to be Tom. Although the reader is never told specifically what happened between Mayella and Tom, we are allowed to judge for ourselves from the testimony given, and Tom's version seems the most likely. He is portrayed as honest, humble and fearful of the position he is in. Atticus' point that Tom's injured hand was incapable of choking or hitting Mayella seems inarguable. Perhaps Tom's fear is expressed best when he explains to Atticus why he ran from the Ewell house.

"...if you was a nigger like me, you'd be scared, too."

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