Essay on Analysis Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1125 Words Aug 24th, 2015 5 Pages
Power is defined as the ability to control an aspect of a person’s life. In the second half of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the question of who holds more power over the other is answered. The two people involved in the trial are a poor white woman named Mayella Ewell and a black man of equal class called Tom Robinson. In the trial, Mayella accuses Tom of both raping and savagely beating of her. This claim is entirely false, but still, as the trial goes on, it is clear that Tom does not stand a chance of winning against her because Mayella has more favorable characteristics than he does. By aspects of character such as gender and race- Mayella is more powerful than Tom. She utilizes these traits and is easily able to sway the judges to her whim in a way that Tom never could. As a result, Mayella is a very powerful character. The setting of To Kill a Mockingbird is in the town of Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s, when racism and prejudice against blacks were still prevalent issues. Whites were distrusting of their African-American counterparts and created laws regulating their interactions with each other called the Jim Crow Laws. The Jim Crow Laws were harsh on the separation of blacks and whites, but especially on the separation of black men and white women, as white men deemed black men untrustworthy around their poor, defenseless females; “Negro men are not to be trusted around our women…” (Doc D). Some Jim Crow Laws regarding black men and white…

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