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What sort of person is Dolphus Raymond in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Dolphus Raymond is a rare freethinker in a world that is dominated by confining norms and conventions. He dares to live with African Americans though he is white, and he has a relationship with an African American woman and has children with her. He has also ingeniously decided to pretend to be an alcoholic so that people in the white community in Maycomb can have an easy explanation about why he has decided to let himself live in a way that they consider degraded. In many ways, Dolphus Raymond is a bit of a genius because he has maneuvered a way to live the life he wants. Living freely in a society like that in Maycomb is difficult, particularly when one wants to associate and live with people of a different race. Maycomb is ruled by racial stereotypes and barriers, but Dolphus Raymond has devised a way to live as he wants. He manages to live in a way that few could even dream of—not to mention, manage to make reality.

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Dolphus Raymond is an outcast in Maycomb's society, who walks...

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