What are some really good quotes in To Kill a Mockingbird that convey the idea of an outsider?Some of the characters such as Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Atticus, Scout etc are all good examples of...

What are some really good quotes in To Kill a Mockingbird that convey the idea of an outsider?

Some of the characters such as Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Atticus, Scout etc are all good examples of outsiders of society but I can't find any really quality quotes that I can use as evidence of this.

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator
  • "... you mean why do I pretend? Well, it's very simple," he said. "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?" -- DOLPHUS RAYMOND, Chapter 20.
  • "When I come to town, which is seldom, if I weave a little and drink out of this sack, folks can say Dolphus Raymond's in the clutches of whiskey--that's why he won't change his ways." -- DOLPHUS RAYMOND, Chapter 20
  • "Mr. Finch, if you was a nigger like me, you'd be scared, too." -- TOM ROBINSON, Chapter 19
clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are a few to get you started.  You should look these up in context to see how they might best apply.  I think some of these could easily fit more than one character above.

"'Atticus says cheatin' a colored man is ten times worse than cheatin' a white man.'" (ch. 20 p. 201)

"Miss Jean Louise, you don't know your pa's not a run-of-the-mill man... step back inside the courthouse." (ch. 20 p. 201)

"'In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's...but those are the facts of life.'" (ch. 23 p. 220)

"Boo would feel more comfortable in the dark." (ch. 30 p.272)

 

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