What is an analysis of the quotation "Somehow Atticus had hit her hard in a way that was not clear to me, but it gave him no pleasure to do so"?
Any literary devices you could write about would be helpful.
Scout reports this of Atticus during his cross-examination of Mayella Ewell. This tells us several things:
1. Atticus' moral character can barely stomach the thought of making this girl hurt any more than she already has and does. Atticus knows that his client is innocent, but this demonstrates his compassion for Mayella's situation. Atticus intuitively knows she is being hurt by her father in a variety of ways.
2. This situation advances the plot. When we discover that Tom is definitely innocent by his physical description (which is close to this... Atticus has Tom stand), we see a further complication which causes us to wonder who is then at fault for her rape?
3. This reveals the consistent theme of innocence. Atticus hates doing this to Mayella. Mayella may not necessarily be on the stand of her own accord. This shows that Atticus gets that she doesn't desire this but has to do it. I think her father is making her be there.