Analysis of Plot
Psychoanalytic events occur at times in To Kill a Mockingbird. Certain events in the characters lives change the way they think and act in the future. Mayella was one of the characters in which her psychoanalytic past changed the way she acted with Tom Robinson. Because she was mistreated as a child she was strangely attracted to Tom Robinson. When Mayella and Tom Robinson were she forced to have sex with him driven by her lust and her broken past. “She did something every child has done – she tried to put the evidence of her offense away from her. But in this case she was no child hiding stolen contraband: she struck out at her victim – of necessity she must put him away from her – he must be removed from her presence, from this world. She must destroy the evidence of her offense. What was the evidence of her offense? Tom Robinson, a human being.”(Lee 272). The Boo Radley game is an example of ego, superego, and id. When society says that people should stay away from Boo Radley that is the ego but the super ego of Jem, Scout, and Dill tells themselves that its ok and that its just a game. They go on and play the Boo Radley game anyways. These psychoanalytic events change the town of Maycomb and the actions that the characters create are built up with they’re ego and they’re past.