In the novel

In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee creates a character named Mayella Ewell to show the theme of good versus bad. Mayella stays loyal to her family, portraying the good. She also lied multiple time throughout the trail, showing the bad. During the trail of Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell show the characteristics of a criminal and a victim.
Mayella Ewell’s words made her appear as a Criminal. During the trial, Mayella claimed to have been sexually assaulted by a man named Tom Robinson. Right before Mayella Ewell began to speak, the judge made her swear to speak the truth. Scout tells the readers “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 God help her, she seemed somehow fragile looking, but when she sat facing us in the witness chair she became what she was, a thick-bodied girl accustomed to strenuous labor.”(239) Mayella swore that she was telling the truth, but Scout says that she looked fragile. Mayella most likely would not look fragile unless she was hiding something, or in this case, not telling the truth. Also, when the Judge Taylor asked Mayella if she remembered if Tom Robinson beated her at the face, she said no at first then changed her answer to yes. Judge Taylor said, “Do you remember him beating you about the face?”(247) With a answer, Mayella said, “No, I don’t recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me.”(248) Mayella’s answer made her seem like she was lying. Just buy reading about Mayella’s actions, her personality shows that she is the type of person that would tell fast if someone did something to her.
To add on to Mayella Ewell being a criminal, during the trial the judge asked Mayella who raped her. Mayella then pointed at Tom Robinson, Atticus asks Tom Robinson to stand up so the court can take a look at him. While Tom is standing up, Atticus catches that his right arm is longer than his left. Scout tells the readers, “He looked oddly off balance, but it was not from the way he was standing. His left arm was fully twelve inches shorter than his right and hung dead at his side. It ended in a small shriveled hand, and from as far away as the balcony I could see that it had no use.” (248) If Tom Robinson had no use of his left arm, then it would impossible for him to have choked Mayella.
Mayella’s story does not make complete sense. During Mayella’s time to speak, Judge Taylor asked her, “I mean, is he good to you, is he easy to get along with?” (245) As a response Myella says, “He does tollable, ‘cept when–” (245) While responding to Judge Taylor’s question, she looked at her father and changed her statement to, “Except when nothin'” (245) Mayela also seems confused on what to tell the judge when she was asked this question. Mayella’s choice might have been because of her father. Maybe her father was the one beating her, but he told her not to tell anyone. Judge Taylor also asked her, “Does he ever go after you?” Mayella responding to his question said, ” How you mean?”(246) With knowing this information, about not being completely sure what to say to Judge Taylor’s questions, Mayella’s responses may not be completely honest. When Mayella was questioned, she most likely would not have been confused if she was telling the complete truth.
Back to Mayella being a criminal,
Also to add to on to Mayella Ewell being a victim, her family has not been completly supportive of her. When Mayella was little

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