The Importance Of Dolphus Raymond In To Kill A Mockingbird

“First of all, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (39). What Atticus is doing is trying to convince Scout that Miss Caroline is doing what she believes is right and if she could see that, then she would get along with Miss Caroline better. Atticus says this early on in the book to Scout after she tells him all of the hardships she encountered on her first day of school and this theme stays true all the way through the entire book of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses Dolphus Raymond, Boo Radley, …show more content…
What Scout learns is that not everyone is as they may seem on the outside and until getting to know that person, it is not right to judge them. In To Kill a Mockingbird Dolphus Raymond is known to always be intoxicated and an outcast since he lives with a black woman and has mulatto children. Since he lives this way everyone in Maycomb believes he is an evil man who can not change his ways and Scout believes all of this. But during the trial, when Dill and Scout had to step out because Dill was crying, it is revealed to us that Dolphus Raymond may not be evil afterall. When he overhears Dill talking how the way Mr. Gilmer was talking to Tom and how he did not like it, Mr. Raymond agrees with Dill and offers him a drink from his paper sack. However, once Dill takes a sip from it he reveals that in the paper sack is nothing but coca-cola, and that Mr. Raymond has been acting drunk the entire time. Mr. Raymond then tries to explain it to Scout and Dill by telling them, “I try to give ‘em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason. 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” (268). What Mr. Raymond is trying to get across to Scout is people will never understand why he lives …show more content…
When the story first starts out Boo is depicted as an insane man who never leaves his house for any reason. Everyone in the neighborhood is terrified of him and they avoid his property as much as possible. He has become something of a myth than an actual person. At the start Scout, Dill, and Jem try to get Boo to come out and even create a game in which they depict Boo’s life based off of everything they had heard of him. But as the book goes on it reveals how good of a person Boo Radley really is and how much he actually cares for others especially Jem and Scout. Soon Scout and Jem start to find little gifts in the tree on the Radley’s place which most likely came from Boo himself. And to top it all off, at the end of the book, when Bob Ewell is attacking Scout and Jem, Boo leaves his house to come to the defense of the children and saved both of their lives killing Bob Ewell in the process. In this single act, Boo shows Scout that he is not the scary, mythical person that everyone says he is and is not allowed to leave his house, but he is actually a kind and caring person who does not want to leave his house for he is too shy to

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