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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout says that "Mr.Dolphus Raymond was an evil man." Is she...

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nicole-mulrooney | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM via web

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout says that "Mr.Dolphus Raymond was an evil man." Is she right?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM (Answer #1)

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No, Scout was wrong. In fact, by chapter 20-21, she learns that Mr. Dolphus Raymond was far from evil. He was, in fact, very considerate of the white community around him.

The town's perception was that Raymond must have been evil because he preferred the Negro people as opposed to his own race. The white majority of Maycomb citizens created stories about him. He allowed and even perpetuated the story that he was drunk all the time. He drank Coca-Cola out of a brown sack and this made people believe that he was actually drinking whiskey. He confessed to Scout and Dill that he would sway a little bit here and there and it helped give the town a reason to accept his preference for the Negro people. He must have been drunk.

Scout indeed learned that her initial perception of Mr. Raymond was not true. He actually had a heart and a care for others. This is what made his action appear as they did.


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