To kill A Mockingbird Critical Evaluation Jennifer McLaren ‘She was white, and she tempted a negro. She did something that our society is unspeakable: She kissed a black man ‘ These words from chapter 18 of the novel “To Kill Mockingbird” by Harper Lee; This quote shows just how racist and prejudiced the town Maycomb was. The society just cannot accept that a white woman likes a black man. The words illustrate a major theme in the novel that of the existence of social inequality. In my essay I plan to discuss two main characters and at least one of the novel’s central themes. The main events of to “Kill A Mockingbird” consist of a lawyer named Atticus Finch defending a black man who has been accused of the rape of Mayella Ewell. It’s patently obvious the defendant didn’t do it. Through the eyes and ears of young Jem and Scout we can see how racism affected lives in Alabama in the 1930’sJem and Scout and their friend Dill are fascinated by their neighbour “Boo Radley” whom only a few people have seen over the years. The children fill their heads up of why he keeps himself hidden. When Atticus goes to court and humiliates Bob Ewell who is the father of the alleged rape “victim” Mayella Ewell, and he seeks revenge. He does this by attacking the helpless Scout and jem as they return from a school pageant. To our surprise, “Boo” emerges from his house and stabs Bob Ewell to death saving the children’s lives. The first character I am going to discuss is Mayella Ewell. She is supposed to be a victim of rape but as you read the novel you can see that she is the victim of poverty and ignorance also neglect by her father Bob Ewell this is linked to the theme of moral education. She appears to be very childlike, shy and unconfident. She dresses very plain and she has long dark brown hair. The reason why she claims that Tom Robertson raped her is because she could have never admitted to liking a black man, the idea that she...
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