To Kill a Mockingbird

why does Mayella think atticus is mocking her

she is at the trial for tom robinson

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Mayella has never been treated with respect by a male figure of authority before. She thinks Atticus is mocking her by addressing her as "Miss Mayella" and "ma'am". I think she is more confused than anything else when she lashes out at Atticus.