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The novel To Kill A Mockingbird,
written by Harper Lee in 1960, was one of the most influencing books in
American history. To kill A Mockingbird was about a growing out of age girl,
scout and her brother Jem experiencing racism and its darker effects in their
society. This book displayed many virtues of Socrates. One of the key
characters in the main plot of the story is Mayella Ewell. She was a white
female that put a black male in trial because she accused him of rape. Mayella
showed a lack of virtue of justice because she didn’t fulfill her duty of
telling the truth, upholding Tom Robinson’s rights to a fair trial and
displayed many bad morals.

            Mayella didn’t uphold justice because she swore to the court to only
tell the truth during the trial. “As she raised her hand and swore that the
evidence she gave would be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the
truth so help her god…” (234). she didn’t obey the court rules and
still accused Tom Robinson of raping her. She knew her chances of winning since
the trail was a court filled with white jury. Tom had no chance of winning the
case. Therefore, he got sent into jail. Since even the trashiest whites were
still more powerful than the blacks, Mayella took away the life of an innocent
men because she didn’t want to put herself at stake.

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            Mayella pretended that
she didn’t remember anything. “I don’t know how he done it, but he done it- I
said it all happened so fast.” (249). This was her excuse of not wanting to
tell the truth. She had no idea that what she did was unacceptable. Because of
her actions, she put an innocent man in jail. In order to convict Tom, the jury
had to believe or try to believe that the poor girl was taken advantage of,
rather than to see her as a girl that was the one that actually took advantage
of him. She put a men at risk because of her own stupidity. She wanted everyone
to see woman as helpless victims that needs protection. She knew that blacks
would not have the chance of winning because if someone tried to help or step
in, they would be in big trouble.

            Everybody in town knew
that the Ewells are trashy, ugly and selfish. They live by the dump and were
considered as “White Trash”. But, when Mayella stood in court, she turned into
something completely different. “No, I don’t recollect, if he hit me. I mean
yes I do, he hit me” (248). When Mayella stood in court, she was able to use
the privileges of a white southerner. If she told the real truth, she wouldn’t
have ruined Tom’s life. Her father, Bob Ewell was a drunk. He spent all his
government checks instead of taking care of his family. Despite of everything
else, he physically abused Mayella. Mayella couldn’t tell the truth because he
would do something to her. Since she took advantage of Tom, Bob Ewell used his
own privileges too as a white men. He was still considered to be above Tom
Robinson, so he used him to get his own benefits. He got fame after the trial
and hoping he could use that to gain money. Mayella grew up seeing her father’s
bad morals and learned from his actions. Mayella didn’t have any power against
her father. But she realized she had power by making advances towards Tom.
 Through her attempt, she cost a men’s life.

            Mayella showed a lack
of justice because of her poor choices. She didn’t uphold Tom’s rights to a
fair trial, fulfill her duty of telling the truth in court and revealed bad
morals. She was influenced by the society around her and her father set bad examples
for her. She just wanted to feel like she was not completely helpless, but her
actions caused her a big consequence. In our society, I have seen many examples
of Mayella’s relationship with her father. Many kids in this world are still
living in abusive homes. They feel powerless and helpless just like Mayella.
Many of them have abusive parents and they have no power to do anything about
it except to accept that this is their life. Therefore, they learned many bad
morals from their parents and applied it to our society. Usually, they are the
bullies, criminals, thieves, etc. Because of their childhood experiences, they
wanted to feel like they have power. Mayella was one of those people and
because of how her father treated her, she wanted to experience the rights of
being a white. So she used her opportunity by using her powers against Tom.