To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, why does Dolphus Raymond hide Coca-Cola in a bag in Chapter 20?

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Dolphus Raymond is a little bit of a coward; but, a person can't judge too harshly when living in the South during a time of intolerance, prejudice, and racism. Scout feels guilty for even talking to Mr. Raymond because of his bad reputation. She says the following:

"I had a feeling that I shouldn't be here listening to this sinful man who had mixed children and didn't care who knew it, but he was fascinating. I had never encountered a being who deliberately perpetrated fraud against himself" (201).

The above passage shows Scout's understanding of Mr. Raymond's situation as well as how the community imposes their judgments upon little children, too. Rather than having the social narrative tell children to get to know people first before passing judgment, children like Scout learn to judge people based on what they see or believe to be true. Mr. Raymond plays this way of thinking in his favor so people in the community will leave him alone about his choice to have mixed children. To Mr....

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