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How does Mr. Raymond defend his deliberate appearance of drunkenness?  

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dhyanshaw | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 5, 2009 at 4:32 AM via web

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How does Mr. Raymond defend his deliberate appearance of drunkenness?

 

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 5, 2009 at 4:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Mr. Raymond reveals that he is not really a drunk--he intentionally appears to be drunk so that people will leave him alone.  As a white man who has a relationship and children with a black woman, Dolphus Raymond knows that he and his family would face unrelenting persecution if he simply defied Maycomb's "social" standards.  Therefore, in order to live his life how he wants to live it, he pretends to be drunk.  The residents of Maycomb fall for his sham by seeing him as the eccentric town drunk.

Dolphus Raymond is another one of Lee's logical, objective characters--one who does not fall prey to Maycomb's tradition of racism and prejudice.  Besides Atticus, Heck Tate, Miss Maudie, and Link Deas are similar characters who are able to look past skin color to see someone's real character.

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