Dolphus Group: Chapter 31:
In this chapter, Scout, when talking about a character in a story, says 'he was real nice.' Atticus replies: 'Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.' What does Atticus' comment have to do with the point of the novel?

The novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" focuses on the perception of outsiders in society. Tom Robinson, Arthur 'Boo' Radley, Mrs Dubose and Dolphus Raymond, are all outsiders in Maycomb. Even though they are outsiders (and are not often heard from) the people of Maycomb all have very strong opinions/views regarding these people. An example of this is Boo Radley, everyone in the town knows the story of Boo Radley and holds a strong opinion of him, when the majority of these people have never actually seen him. Their opinions however, do not accurately reflect the true character of these people. This is the point that Atticus tries to make to Scout when he says 'Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.' Atticus is trying to explain to Scout that often the way people are portrayed is wrong, and it is only when you get to know them that you see their true self. The novel is based around the cliche, dont judge a book by its cover.

-Taylah and Lauren

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