History Fridge / ToKillAMockingbird

22nd Feb '16 10:26:29 PM Bergamot
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** In ''Go Set a Watchman,'' we learn [[spoiler: Jem inherited his mother's weak heart, which killed him before he turned thirty. Likely this defect would have kept him out of the war.]]
7th Aug '15 6:54:53 AM Minni128
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** There's also the fact that when Tom says Mayella told him "what her Daddy do to her don't count" in court yet it is not followed up, not even by Atticus. Unfortunatly it is TruthInTelevision that at the time children who accused their parents of any type of abuse where often seen as lying to some end unless there was other evidence.

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** There's also the fact that when Tom says Mayella told him "what her Daddy do to her don't count" in court yet it is not followed up, not even by Atticus. Unfortunatly Unfortunately it is TruthInTelevision that at the time children who accused their parents of any type of abuse where often seen as lying to some end unless there was other evidence.




****Interesting note, actually, if you take into account that is isn't uncommon, even unto so-called modern times, where if a girl had a baby young and the father couldn't be found, said child would be played off as a younger sibling and often adopted or told as such, along with the fact that Mayella's mother is dead and her father doesn't say those are her siblings (actually, I don't recall him mentioning them), along with her apparently being the oldest of ''eight'' children, then it would make sense that the some, particularly the youngest, of the Ewell children are hers.






** One of the gifts Boo Radley gives Jem and Scout is what appears to be a war medal. Given his age and that the story takes place in the early 1930s the only war it could have been would be World War I. If Boo is a War Veteran his odd behavior might be explained by Shell Shock or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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One of the gifts Boo Radley gives Jem and Scout is what appears to be a war medal. Given his age and that the story takes place in the early 1930s the only war it could have been would be World War I. If Boo is a War Veteran his odd behavior might be explained by Shell Shock or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.



** Boo's father could have abused him to the point that he has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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** Boo's father could have abused him to the point that he has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.Disorder.
***That is implied to have been part of the reason, the other is because he wants to.
30th Aug '14 3:31:18 PM vifetoile
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*** That was a spelling medal. In the book, Miss Maudie tells Boo's whole story. He was a completely normal child, an excellent student and could have gone to college. As a teenager he and some friends committed a semi-delinquent prank. Boo's father (a highly religious man) said he would discipline him rather than have him serve 30 days in jail. He confined his son to the basement. Boo was never allowed to leave the house again. That's why he acts the way he does.

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*** That was a spelling medal. In the book, Miss Maudie tells Boo's whole story. He was a completely normal child, an excellent student and could have gone to college. As a teenager he and some friends committed a semi-delinquent prank. Boo's father (a highly religious man) said he would discipline him rather than have him serve 30 days in jail. He confined his son to the basement. Boo was never allowed to leave the house again. That's why he acts the way he does.does.
** Boo's father could have abused him to the point that he has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
17th Feb '14 7:35:17 PM hujwernoo
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** An even MORE horrifying prospect: When he attacked the Finch children, what do you want to bet that there was a very real possibility Ewell would have raped Scout before killing her?
18th May '13 11:46:49 AM nombretomado
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* In ''ToKillAMockingbird'', the Ewell family is full of small children being raised by the eldest sister, Mayella Ewell, and nominally supported by the abusive father, Bob Ewell. It's said in the book that Mayella can't remember her mother. That means that Mayella must have been very young when her mother died. Well then, where did all these small children come from...oh. OH.

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* In ''ToKillAMockingbird'', ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', the Ewell family is full of small children being raised by the eldest sister, Mayella Ewell, and nominally supported by the abusive father, Bob Ewell. It's said in the book that Mayella can't remember her mother. That means that Mayella must have been very young when her mother died. Well then, where did all these small children come from...oh. OH.
8th May '13 7:50:04 PM CaptEquinox
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*** That was a spelling medal. In the book, Miss Maudie tells Boo's whole story. He was a completely normal child, an excellent student and could have gone to college. As a teenager he and some friends committed a semi-delinquent prank. Boo's father (a highly religious man) said he would discipline him rather than have him serve 30 days in jail. He confined his son to the basement. Boo was never allowed to leave the house again. That's why he acts the way he does.
8th May '13 7:43:30 PM CaptEquinox
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*** It's no accident, Tom Robinson actually states that Mayella told him "what her Daddy do to her don't count" while trying to seduce him.

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*** It's no accident, Tom Robinson actually states that Mayella told him "what her Daddy Pa do to her don't count" while trying to seduce him.him.
**** He said she told him this while asking him to kiss her. Kids reading may think she was talking about innocent "good night" kisses or the like, but re-reading the novel years later would make them realise that Bob Ewell [[AbusiveParents isn't the kind of father who gives good-night kisses]] and that, at nineteen (and a half), Mayella Ewell is too old for goodnight kisses anyway. This may have been done intentionally by Lee to shield children from the implications of ParentalIncest.



*** The whole thing is TruthInTelevision according to Collin Willcox Paxton, who played Mayella. She actually came from that area and has stated it was taken for granted that by the time girls were ten or twelve, they would have been raped/molested, usually by a family member.



* The "what her pa do to her don't count" line. Kids may think she was talking about innocent "good night" kisses or the like, but re-reading the novel years later would make them realise that Bob Ewell [[AbusiveParents isn't the kind of father who gives good-night kisses]] and that, at nineteen (and a half), Mayella Ewell is too old for goodnight kisses anyway. This may have been done intentionally by Lee to shield children from the implications of ParentalIncest.
17th Mar '13 12:22:44 PM TamiTam
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** There's also the fact that when Tom says Mayella told him "what her Daddy do to her don't count" in court yet it is not followed up, not even by Atticus. Unfortunatly it is TruthInTelevision that at the time children who accused their parents of any type of abuse where often seen as lying to some end unless there was other evidence.
16th Jan '13 9:25:43 AM SailorVgirl13
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*** If Bob were sleeping around he would leave the children with their respective mothers. He is not the type of person who would bring the kids home with him. Also why don't the mothers ever visit the children?
15th Dec '12 6:58:34 PM gizmoman49
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** After telling this to my sister, she came up with two alternate theories: 1.Mrs. Ewell died in a horrible way, and Mayella tried to forget the trauma or 2. Bob's been sleeping around.
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