To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, why is Mayella Ewell considered lonelier than Boo? Boo has no one. Mayella has her siblings. Yet, why does Scout think that she's the loneliest? 'Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world.'

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All of the aspects of Mayella's life as presented above contribute to her loneliness, but I think the full answer goes deeper than those issues.  The other Ewell children live in the same environment but are not presented to be as lonely as Mayella.  The difference is that Mayella loves beauty.  She yearns for beauty so much that she plants geraniums in slop jars, and the beauty of the flowers contrasted with the dirtiness of the rest of the property "bewildered Maycomb."  In a similar manner she yearned for love so much that she dared to break one of the strongest taboos in her society to try to satisfy her...

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