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Be it before or after the Tom Robinson trial, Mayella Ewell will never be a part of the Maycomb Society that Aunt Alexandra envisions in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Mayella is the eldest daughter of Bob Ewell, patriarch of the most disgraceful family in Maycomb. She lives on the wrong side of the tracks, near the town dump, and has no friends or expectations. Her mother is dead, and she is forced to serve as surrogate mother to the younger Ewell clan. Even before the she accuses Tom Robinson of raping her, she is considered an outcast among the white citizens of Maycomb. After the trial, she becomes an even greater pariah--a woman so scorned by the townspeople, white and black--that her future in local society holds no greater hopes than that of Boo Radley. Her father's death only solidifies her place as the head of Maycomb's worst family.
Mr. Dolphus Raymond certainly does not belong in Maycomb society. The citizens of Maycomb cannot understand or accept his lifestyle choices, which include living with "colored" people and having children with an African-American woman. In addition to his relationships with members of another race, Raymond was judged for his apparent drinking habit; he was thought to be a drunk.
During Tom Robinson's trial, Dolphus Raymond revealed his true self to Jem, Scout, and Dill. He gave Dill a drink from the bottle he carried concealed in a brown paper sack; the children discovered that Raymond was not drinking soda pop, not alcohol, as the townspeople believed. Raymond explained that he pretended to drink in order to
"...try to give 'em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason. When I come to town, which is seldom, if I weave a little and drink out of this sack, folks can say Dolphus Raymond's in the clutches of whiskey--that's why he won't change his ways. He can't help himself, that's why he lives the way he does...It ain't honest but it's mighty helpful to folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I'm not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that's the way I want to live."
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