I'm writing an essay about a character within a story arguing that they are different from what people think they are.

The context is the character is Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird and I'm trying to explain that she isn't as cruel as the trial makes her out to be. I considered innocent but that doesn't seem exactly fitting for her.

One word preferred.

  • @EdwinAshworth Yes. Perfect. She is misunderstood by people who are just into appearances. – vickyace Mar 14 '17 at 17:35
  • may be reckless? – Mikhail Mar 14 '17 at 17:35

Definition of Travesty by Oxford Living Dictionaries:


  1. represent in a false or distorted way.

    "Michael has betrayed the family by travestying them in his plays"

You could say that the court trial travesties Mayella Ewell's character.

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  • Apparently it is a verb- That doesn’t mean I have to like it. :-) – Jim Mar 14 '17 at 21:17

Such a person will often claim to be (or be said to be) misunderstood.

From AHD, sense 2 informed by sense 1:

misunderstood ...adj.

  1. Incorrectly understood or interpreted.

  2. Not appreciated or given sympathetic understanding: 'a sorely misunderstood child.'

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  • Misjudged, then. – Ricky Mar 14 '17 at 21:34

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