Analysis Of Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird ' Essay

1014 Words Mar 10th, 2015 5 Pages
The Dalai Lama once said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” However, while this statement may ring true for the innocents, some may argue that monsters of society are undeserving of such compassion. Undeniably, there are such beasts in To Kill a Mockingbird’s Maycomb county – Mayella Ewell is willing to go along with her father’s plan to frame an innocent man for the most medieval of crimes, rape; Boo Radley is gossipped about throughout town and made out to be a heartless man that attacked his hardworking father; Bob Ewell is a racist that is even willing to brutally attack children as a way of getting revenge. However evil these people may appear, only the last of them is undeserving of compassion.
Mayella Ewell went along with her father’s plan of framing an innocent man for rape, making her rather unlikeable from a modern perspective; however, there was a method to her madness. It was made evident in chapter eighteen that Mayella lacked friends and a social life; she was also forced to do all the housework and take care of the children. Scout even went as far as calling her “the loneliest person in the world” (Lee 316). Even through the eyes of a child, such a seemingly unlikeable woman suddenly becomes someone who just needs a friend. The man she was trying to indict was paradoxically attempting to show kindness to her. When Tom Robinson, a black man framed as a rapist, was on the stand, he said, “She reached up…

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