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by Harper Lee

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Explain why Harper Lee weaves the following analogy into To Kill A Mockingbird: Bob Ewell:rape::Dolphus Raymond:drunkenness.

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Bob Ewell lies about Tom Robinson's raping Mayella just as Dolphus Raymond lies about his drunkenness. Each lie is rooted in the racism of Maycomb's society. Mayella's transgression in acting on her physical attraction to Tom would be so socially abhorrent and shameful in Maycomb that Bob Ewell lies to cover it up. Dolphus Raymond pretends to be an alcoholic to give the racists in Maycomb a "logical reason" to explain why he chooses to live with a black woman he loves and the children they parent. Ewell and Raymond are both white men; Ewell is a blatant racist, while Raymond is not. Both men, however, lie for an ironically similar reason--social pressure. Through Ewell's and Raymond's lies, Harper Lee provides additional insights into the prevailing culture of Maycomb.

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dexterrocks | Student

While reading this book, i didnt quite get the connection you  are mentioning here. I feel that you need to go and reread the book and reevaluate your findings.