Essay On Dolphus's Appearance In To Kill A Mockingbird

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People are often judged or treated differently depending on their appearance. Dolphus Raymond, a white man who lives among the black community, is seen as an evil man who drinks; however, Dolphus’s appearance throughout the neighborhood is deceptive. This is a prime example of how appearances are misleading in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Dolphus lives a, not bad, but different lifestyle. He drinks from a sack and acts drunk to let others conjecture that he is, indeed, drunk. What the citizens of Maycomb do not know about Mr. Raymond, is that he portrays himself as a drunk, troubled man to give them a reason for his strange behavior. How Dolphus portrays himself in town is not at all who he is.

In Maycomb, Dolphus is often described as something he is not. Scout and Dill discover that Dolphus Raymond is different than his public description. The children were approached by Dolphus when
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