To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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Are there any quotes to suggest that Harper Lee (as the adult Scout) pushes her views about Mr. Gilmer and Dolphus Raymond in To Kill a Mockingbird? Does she include specific quotes from others that influence our views about these characters or quotes of how she pushes her views. I NEED QUOTES!!!! PLEASE

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Author Harper Lee treats both the eccentric Dolphus Raymond and the prosecutor Horace Gilmer sympathetically during her narration in To Kill a Mockingbird. Although Gilmer is an outsider, from Abbotsville, and Scout knows little about him, she "felt sorry for him" during his questioning of Bob Ewell. Jem grinned when Gilmer repeated his "trademark" phrase--"in your own words." Scout held no "animosity" toward Gilmer, who was "only doing his job" as the opposing counsel--Atticus' adversary. Gilmer becomes less likeable, however, through his own words during his interrogation of Tom Robinson, repeatedly calling him "boy" and treating him in a disrespectful and condescending manner. Despite Scout's fair-minded narrative, Gilmer's character dissolves into a racist hack, representing the good-ol'-boy attitudes of the day.

Although Scout first refers to Raymond as an "evil man," her tone soon changes into one of curious admiration. Despite his eccentricities and deliberate deceit when it comes to pretending to be a drunk, Raymond's anger at "the hell white people give colored folks" alligns him with Atticus' own way of thinking. Raymond admires Atticus, telling Scout that "you don't know your pa's not a run-of-the-mill man," and Dolphus exits the story in a positive light.

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