DOLPHUS RAYMOND


Dolphus Raymond is not a main character. Dolphus is an outcast in the town, as everyone thinks he is a drunk. We meet Dolphous when Dill runs out of court room, upset by the treatment of Tom Robinson (The Negro man accused of raping Mayella Ewell.) Dolphus comforts Dill and offers him some coke, however Scout is hesitant in trusting dolphous as she thinks he is "an evil man" (pg. 220) Dolphus is married to a black women and it is for this reason that he is an outcast. Dolphus pretends to be a drunk because he feels the other members of the town need some way to justify his unconventional behaviour. Dolphus is very astute in his observtion that the other townspeople "... could never, never understand that I live like I do because that's the way I want to live." (Page 221) A quote that sums up Dolphus' view on the psyche of the townspeople is "Some folks don't - like the way I live. Now I could say the hell with 'em. I don't care if they don't like it. I do say I don't care if they don't like it, right enough - but i don't say the hell with 'em, see?" (Page 221)

The character of Dolphus Raymond most relates to the third essential question; 'Who are the outsiders in our society?' This is because Dolphus himself is an outsider. He is a self-imposed outcast, but if he didn't make the choice himself he would probably be ostracized by the people of the town anyway. Dolphus uses his perceived alcohol addiction to give the people of Maycomb a reason as to why he is married to a black woman. He knows that if they didn't have this then they would be unable to understand why he had married a negro.

Some helpful links:

http://www.shmoop.com/to-kill-a-mockingbird/dolphus-raymond.html

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/mocking/section10.rhtml

Describing words:

  • Different
  • Outsider
  • pseudo-Drunk
  • Fringe-dweller
  • Outcast
  • Secretive
  • Father
  • Inter-racially married
  • atypical
  • Individual

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