To Kill a Mockingbird chapters 18-21

What was Mayella’s account of the incident with Tom Robinson? Mayella said she asked Tom to come into her yard to break up a chiffarobe. When she went into the house to get him a nickel, he had followed her in and then grabbed her around the neck and hit her. He “chunked her on the floor and choked her ‘n took advantage of her.” Her father came in and was standing over her, and then she fainted.
What was Tom’s side of the story? Tom said that Mayella asked him to come fix the hinges on the door in the house. Mayella had saved enough nickels to send all of the children out for ice cream so she and Tom would be alone. She asked Tom to climb up on a chair to get a box, and as he stood there, she grabbed him around the legs. When he hopped down off the chair, she jumped on him. She kissed him on the side of the face. Tom wanted to move away and had to push Mayella away from the door. She was not hurt. He ran away before Mr. Ewell could catch him.
What was Tom’s handicap? Why was it important in the case? Tom’s left arm had been rendered useless in an accident. He could not have bruised Mayella’s right side, and he more than likely would not have been physically able to force himself on a strong, resisting young woman.
What do Dill and Scout learn from Mr. Raymond? Dill and Scout learn that people aren’t always as they appear to be. They learn that Mr. Raymond lives as he does because that’s simply what he wants to do. Since people could never accept that, he gives them “reason to latch onto” so they can accept his behavior. Perhaps he does not want to be handled the way Boo Radley is.
What were Atticus’s closing remarks to the jury? He said there was no medical evidence to suggest that Mayella had been raped, that the only evidence was the questionable testimony of two witnesses. He painted a picture of Mayella as a victim of poverty and ignorance, a lonely young woman who was tempted and kissed a Negro and then had to get rid of the evidence of her crime against the society’s unspoken laws. He tried to remind the jury of Thomas Jefferson’s words that “all men are created equal” and that their job as a jury was to give a fair trial to the defendant.
What was the jury’s verdict? The jury found Tom Robinson guilty in spite of evidence to the contrary.

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