Theme Of Mayella Ewell's Alienation In To Kill A Mockingbird

Imagine your child is growing up in a short span, being tainted by the evils of man and the hearts of the prejudice. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem Finch are forced to age early when their father takes an unpopular side in the courtroom. His children learn the up and downs of being social outcasts who’s father is a ‘nigger-lover’. Although through the course of their unexpected summer, they absorb many aspects of life that even the adults are oblivious to. In Andrew Cockburn’s article, There are more slaves today than were seized in Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slave trafficker Milorad Milakovic openly discusses his cooperation in this business. He enslaves women, men, and children …show more content…
Mayella Ewell is the most lonely soul in Maycomb County. The butterfly effect contributes by destroying solitude’s surroundings. “Miss Mayella...Who are your friends?....Friends?”(Lee 245). Mayella is confused and offended. She has no concept of what friends are and has never felt the compassion of having them. Mayella Ewell’s alienation creates a ripple onto the lives of the entirety of Maycomb. She might as-well have shot Tom herself. The second Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed, she had already pulled the trigger. In that moment, her seclusion had internally killed many. Bob Ewell is another prime example of a very lonely and disturbed man. Perhaps he is lonely because, he is the scum of Maycomb. “She says she never kissed a grown man before...She says what her papa do to her don’t count” (Lee 260). Bob Ewell is so lonely that he kisses his own daughter to make himself feel like he has someone. Yet with every kiss, she becomes further and further from him. Every kiss is a honed dagger to Mayella’s heart and health. Bob Ewell believes he has to live like this because he is beyond finding anyone to love him. No one is inclined to love him, so he forces Mayella to. When loneliness eats away at a soul, the victim becomes inclined to find others to relate to. The destructive power of solitude is an uncontrollable force that eats away at you. “They’re in the same boat as I was. Shut out. Deep down inside, we …show more content…
As Scout Finch is growing up, she is learning the secrets of life. She is maturing quickly and learning beyond her age, but as she is doing so, she is losing innocence after asking every question. “ What’s rape?” (Lee 180). As Scout is growing up, her inquiry is more present than ever. Once learning the answers to questions like these, recurrent losing of innocence occurs. Scout learning what rape is, is a symbol of her moving on from her childhood. Dill lost his innocence to the hate caused by the prejudice. “That old Mr.Gilmer doin’ him thataway, talking so hateful to him...It was the way he said it made me sick, plain sick” (Lee 265). Dill takes into account that Tom is still a person under his black skin. Him realise that how everybody treats colored folks is disgusting and immoral, causes Dill to lose innocence and become aware that the adult world isn’t about buying babies from a farm. He becomes physically sick to his stomach when he finds out how the prejudice behave towards people they dislike. Tom Robinson loses his innocence the second he is alone in the same room as Mayella Ewell. “ That nigger yonder took advantage of me” (Lee 251). Tom Robinson stood no chance of being innocent when he was testifying against white people. He was guiltless until Mayella Ewell screamed. He was guiltless until he went to court. And Tom Robinson was guiltless until he tried to escape his prison. Losing

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