Mayella Ewell is a key character in To Kill a Mockingbird. Mayella is the oldest of the Ewell children at 19 years of age and is extremely lonely. As white people perceive her as coming from 'trash' and due to the fact she isn't coloured she doesn't fit in anywhere. This loneliness causes he to accuse Tom Robinson of Rape , her father also pressures her to accuse Tom.

"I got somethin' to say an' then I ain't gonna say no more. That nigger yonder took advantage of me an' if you fine fancy gentlemen don't wanta do nothin' about it then you're all yellow stinkin' cowards, stinkin' cowards, the lot of you. Your fancy airs don't come to nothin' – your ma'amin' and Miss Mayellerin' don't come to nothin', Mr. Finch-" Then she burst into real tears."

Mayella says this during the trial of Tom Robinson. Basically she is asserting that men need to take care of women. She goes on to say that men who do not take care of women are worthless. This can be put into the context of her and her fathers abusive relationship, especially when one considers the fact that she burst into real tears, as compared to the lies she had been committing previously.