How did the fact that Dolphus Raymond was not really a drunk effect him as an idvidual? What impact did it have on him?Leads back to theme appearences are decieving, but I need to know how it...

How did the fact that Dolphus Raymond was not really a drunk effect him as an idvidual? What impact did it have on him?

Leads back to theme appearences are decieving, but I need to know how it effected him as a person

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

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I don't think the fact that he's not a drunk effects him.  Perhaps it simply says something about his character.  I think the issue is more about the fact that he doesn't want anyone to know his secret.

Dolphus Raymond is guilty of "questionable" behavior according to the citizens of Maycomb - the fact that he is a white man who has "a colored woman" and several "mixed children."

This behavior, in the mind of the town, could be largely blamed on the fact that his original fiance committed suicide on the day of the rehearsal.  By appearing to be a town drunk, Dolphus encourages the perception that he still hasn't recovered from a circumstance that made him a victim.  The fact that he is actually drinking Coke means he isn't actually escaping anything - nor does he consider himeslf a victim any longer (if he ever did).  His current life is clearly a choice made in a right mind.

As he puts it himself: "Some folks don't - like the way I live.  Now I could say the hell with 'em, I don't care if they don't like it.  I do say I don't care if they don't like it, right enough - but I don't say the hell with 'em, see?" (ch. 20)

He isn't a drunk.  He's a level-headed man making a choice to live outside of a social norm, but in order to show a respect for that social norm, he avoids confronting it by hiding behind the pretense that he is a victim and a drunk.  He's perhaps a character of perfect tolerance.  Tolerance of the black culture and tolerance of the white culture.  He's managed to find a means to bring everyone to a happy medium - and he's okay with the fact that it's a lie.

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