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To Kill A Mockingbird - Chapter 20

Scout's Prejudice, Role of Dolphus Raymond
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Nyasha Duri

on 7 April 2013

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Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird - Chapter 20

To Kill A Mockingbird Chapter 20 Key Themes What does Scout learn?
It is best not to judge others solely on what people happen to be saying about them unless you have
heard and understand
both sides of the
situation. Integration is a
very real possibility
and can succeed despite being against the norms of Maycomb. Always stand by and have courage in your own conviction with your own set of principles to govern what is you think is wrong and what you
feel is right. Justice Collective
Consciousness Childhood
Innocence Prejudice How does
Harper Lee
show Scout's
prejudice? What is the role
and function of
Dolphus Raymond
in the novel? Summary Now we
return to the
Courthouse>> Dill is upset by way Tom Robinson is treated so he runs out of the courthouse crying. Scout follows to comfort him. Outside, they meet the infamous Dolphus Raymond, who invites Dill to take a drink out of a paper bag: suspected to be alcohol, but then it turns out to be only Coca-Cola. The children ask why Dolphus lets everyone think that he is an alcoholic and he says that it helps to give people a reason on why he lives with Negroes; they just think his judgment is impaired by addiction. Back in the courtroom we find Atticus giving his closing statement. He proclaims that "all men are created equal", and the jury should do their duty; use logic to free Tom Robinson, and do not base their decision on prejudice. TEXTUAL EVIDENCE

"As Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man I accepted his invitation reluctantly,"

"...evidently taking delight in corrupting a child."

"Dill, you watch out, now," I warned.

"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. " TEXTUAL EVIDENCE

"Cry about the simple hell people give other people without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too." P . E . E (continued) Dolphus Raymond serves as a symbol in the novel of how integration can succeed with both races being equal. Despite being from a rich affluent white family, he chooses to live amongst the Negroes and is married with children.

He doesn't really fit in with the rest of Maycomb because he disagrees very strongly with how everyone else thinks. Like his paper bag however; he is judged on the outside without anyone knowing what's on the inside, which could be great - but few ever take the time to find out. Like with Negroes.

Racism makes him feel sick like Dill and he shares his secret with him and Scout "because they as children just understand". Point+Evidence+Explanation Scout has grown up in the close-minded Maycomb society, absorbing the town's way of thinking so much so that she assumes that Dolphus Raymond is "an evil man" as what the other people believe to be the sole truth about him.

She continues to judge him suspiciously nonetheless after his explanation seeing him as "an awful man with mixed children who didn't care who knew it" because this view of shame is ingrained into her and she truly cannot help it.

Lee uses strong descriptions and subtle calculated actions from the standpoint of a child to show the power they yield.
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