S: The Life of Mayella Ewell
FC: The Life of Mayella Ewell
1: My name's Mayella Ewell an' i an' my family live in Maycomb County. Everyon' says we're white trash but i want to be different un day. | I hav' seb'm little brothers an' sisters. We dont never go to school 'cept on the first day. We live in an ol' abandon' slave house, deep in the woods. No one cares about us; we live how we like to. My pa leaves every day an' i take care of the little un's.
2: The only thin' 'f mine is my garden. There's little red flowers that i care for. We dont never get much visitors 'cept for Tom, a black man. I call 'm in to help sometimes an' he always helps me.
3: Bob Ewell This is my pa an' he leaves me to take care 'f the kids. He's good to me most times 'cept when he's drunk an' hits me.
4: Tom This is the black man who comes by our house an' helps me. He does whatev' i need 'm to withou' no money. It's nice to hav' someon' to talk to.
5: Yesterday aft'noon, I called Tom in to help me. He's the only un who seemed to care 'bout me. Aft' he came in, i kissed 'm but he pulled away. Pa saw us an' Tom ran away. Pa beat me good then said i had to lie in court an' blame Tom an' say he raped me.
6: Today, me an' Pa went to court for the trial. Atticus scar'd me an' kept tryin' to make fun 'f me. | I want'd to tell what really happn'd, but was too afraid when I seen Pa sittin' in the court watchin' me. So I lied. | Tom told the real truth 'bout what happn'd, but the jury didn' believe 'm. I want'd to help 'm, but i couldn' say nothin'.
7: These ar' my flowers that i take care 'f. Im the only un who cares 'bout them but takin' care 'f these flowers reminds me that i can make somethin' 'f myself someday.
8: This 's the firs' thin' Tom has ever helped me with. He busted this up for me withou' no payment. It was the firs' time i thought that someon' might care 'bout me.
9: "Long's he keeps on callin' me ma'am an sayin' Miss Mayella. I don't hafta take his sass, I ain't called upon to take it" (Lee 243). This quote shows that Mayella's ignorance and how she doesn't know the common courtesy that is shown to women by polite men. This demonstrates that she isn't used to being treated well.
10: Works Cited Mayella Ewell. 1962. Photograph. To Kill a Mockingbird. Web. 12 May 2011.