The Cross-Examination of Mayella Ewell

15 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2018

Date Written: June 15, 2018


This essay explores one central part of Tom Robinson’s trial in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch’s cross-examination of Mayella Ewell. The eight- year-old Scout cannot fully understand the strategy and meaning of Atticus’ questions, but the trial supplies enough clues to understand more of Mayella’s life than is generally understood.

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McAdams, Richard H., The Cross-Examination of Mayella Ewell (June 15, 2018). 69 Alabama Law Review 579 (2018), U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 854, Available at SSRN:

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