Honesty an’ then I ain’t gonna say no
Honesty is a quality that humanity holds quite highly; being someone with integrity speaks volumes to personal character as well as upbringing. During the 1930’s, as the economic recession devastated families, the divide between right and wrong seemingly grew. This battle for resources along with racial tension in the South created an atmosphere that was not welcoming to minorities. Harper Lee’s Maycomb, Alabama in To Kill A Mockingbird describes the conditions conducive to perjury, falsehood, and dishonesty with the intent of self-preservation. Mayella Ewell, daughter of town drunk Bob Ewell, embodies these sentiments. One may pity Mayella because of her abusive father yet cannot be dismissed for her disgraceful allegation of African-American man, Tom Robinson. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee displays Mayella Violet Ewell as a manifold and bold character whose lies and mistakes ruin other people’s lives while representing the immorality of the human society. Prejudice, as observed through the eyes of a pure and well raised child such as Scout, is an odd concept that is commonplace in Maycomb. Prejudice means a prejudgment and negative feeling shaped without satisfactory information or defense. Mayella is an example of growing up with prejudice. As hate is not inherited but learned, she develops a tolerance and acceptance for it causing her actions to reflect her environment. Mayella’s actions have consequences that can not be changed. She accuses Tom Robinson of raping here without regard for his life as she says, “I got somethin’ to say an’ then I ain’t gonna say no more. That nigger yonder took advantage of me…” (188). She is casting the blame on a black man because her community is conditioned to look down and discriminate against blacks . She doesn’t come clean at the trial as she fears her dad will beat her once more. She values her own well-being over Tom’s. Mayella and her dad carry on with an existence of lies at the season of the trial. Their lives are loaded with misleading. Mayella can’t answer any inquiries specifically. She changes her answers under Atticus’ scrutinizing. As Atticus questions Mayella’s relationship with her father she trails off uncertain of what to say. She stammers, “he does tollable, ‘cept when… Except when nothin'” (183). Mayella wishes to conceal the fact that she comes from a broken household to avoid the very same prejudice and scrutiny she has placed upon Tom Robinson. She does not wish to be seen as anything less or inferior while in the courtroom have the public of Maycomb knowing of her loveless life. She is the same as Tom and is fighting her communities’ prejudice of her by giving it to someone who already faces prejudice for the color of his skin.One of Mayella Ewell’s identity qualities comprises of her being an anxious character. Amid the trial, Mayella seems, by all accounts, to be sweating and befuddled. She likewise delayed when Atticus made inquiries about how the assault occurred. Her discourse was extremely frantic when she addressed inquiries concerning the assault. She is so all over the place that she is persuaded to calm down as she is told,”That’s enough now. Don’t be afraid of anybody here, as long as you tell the truth.” (181). She revealed to him that she was frightened, and he advised her to simply come clean. She knows what she did wrong and how her lies are going to impact other people and not her family. She would rather watch a guiltless man be denounced for a wrongdoing he didn’t do than to come clean about her dad. She sounds persuading. She ensures her dad by lying. She and her dad are detestable. There is no fact in them. They both know the genuine story, however both deceive denounce a blameless man. They are stressed over their social standing in the community. In all actuality, the Ewells have no social standing. They are viewed as poor, oblivious, and unlearned. They have no notoriety to secure. Their falsehoods are dangerous, and Tom Robinson will endure on account of their untruths. The Ewells cannot keep up with the luxuries of even bathing as Bob Ewell’s ” … skin appeared to be sensitive to the elements. Mayella looked as if she tried to keep clean” This quote speaks to the topic of class imbalance since it can be induced that she doesn’t have any companions since her cleanliness is poor; her home is a wreck; her family is unclean, and they just go to class one day a year. She has no time for companions since she is excessively bustling, working around the house. The Ewell household is held together by Mayella, a child dealt an unfortunate hand of cards without anyone to care for her but herself. She doesn’t wish to have any further shame on her name then there already is. Because of this, she is apprehensive and anxious and is afraid to speak the truth despite its impact on Tom Robinson’s life.Despite living in a house full of children, Mayella lives a loveless life filled with heartbreak. Without a mother and a father who drinks away their government aid, with many mouths to feed she has no one to confide in or share the joys of life with. When she requested that Tom “beat down” her chifferobe, she was looking for companionship. Yet, this is taboo since he is a black man and Bob Ewell is extremely prejudice calling her a “whore” when he appears. She sticks with the story that Tom raped her and it doesn’t appear to make a difference that Tom had just a single working hand since “he got it caught in a cotton gin, caught it in Mr. Dolphus Raymond’s cotton gin when he was a boy” (189). At long last Atticus can shake Mayella with reality that it was her dad that beat her and not Tom. She is not seen as a loveable character and is rather pitied. Despite her actions having lasting, life-changing effects, Mayella is not the sole cause of Tom’s fate. Be that as it may, not every last bit of her conduct is her blame. In the event that she didn’t have such a terrible and abusive father, or perhaps if her mother was alive, at that point Mayella would have had an altogether different life and identity. Mayella might have chosen a different path filled with compassion and love. She would most likely have a genuine life and Tom Robinson would probably be alive. That say in the court, she emphatically condemned herself to an existence of shame and loneliness. Despite being a character clouded with her family’s reputation, Mayella is complex yet delicate and deserved a better life. She was left on a path of loneliness and raised by the prejudiced, drunken influence of her father. Regardless of whether her dad vanishes from her life, what’s done is done, and as hard as we may attempt, we can’t transform it. Mayella’s character fills in as a suggestion to this hard truth: despite intentions, individual actions have lasting effects.