What was Dolphus Raymond's role in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

Dolphus Raymond's role in To Kill a Mockingbird shows the complexities of living in a racially divided society from the point of view of a white man who intentionally integrates himself into Maycomb's black culture. His words also foreshadow the trial's outcome based on his knowledge of the racial conflicts in Maycomb.

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Dolphus Raymond's role in To Kill a Mockingbird is to provide additional social commentary on Maycomb's prejudiced society, which contributes to the authenticity of the story and enhances Scout's perspective on her community. Although Dolphus Raymond hails from a wealthy family, he is viewed with contempt by his prejudiced neighbors and treated as an outcast in Maycomb's society because he openly associates with black people. Dolphus has several biracial children and prefers to remain in the company of Maycomb's black community, which is considered taboo in the small town. In chapter 20, Dolphus overhears Dill crying and gives him a sip of his Coca-Cola to settle his stomach.

The children are shocked to discover that there is not whiskey in Dolphus's brown bag, and Dolphus proceeds to tell them his secret. Dolphus admits that he feigns alcoholism to help folks "latch onto a reason" for his unorthodox behavior. He recognizes that his neighbors do not approve of his lifestyle but refuses to...

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