Analysis Of Raymond 's ' The Clutches Of Whiskey ' Essay

1941 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 8 Pages
Dolphus Raymond is a Town drunk and an outcast to the white society and black society. Or so the world thinks he is a good for nothing nobody that drinks all day long. But in reality it 's Dolphus that has no need for the people around him they are the outcast to him. "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. He can 't help himself, that 's why he lives the way he does."(268). This is a direct characterization of Raymond and the way he mocks people for thinking he actually is acting this way. Raymond makes people around him think he is a morally weak man because he drinks, has a black wife and kids of mixed color. Nothing could make you lower than having children and a wife that is black in this time period. While Dolphus Raymond it just too weak to stand up for what he know is right. He knows that the blacks and the culture are not bad they are just segregated and he does not feel that he can change anything about it. He is just as innocent as any person with the intent of being kind would do. Raymond lives this lie so he can make the people in Macomb realize how he lacks racism and is not prejudiced against the blacks. That anyone in the town should do the same and bring the two communities together it 's only better for the whole of the society. He does not even drink whiskey and has a coca cola bottle in the paper bag. We can…

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