To Kill A Mockingbird Dialectical Journal Analysis

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To Kill a Mockingbird Dialectical Journal #4 "I try to give 'em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason... 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... they could never understand that I live like I do because that's the way I want to live" (Lee 268). (CH) Most people in the town of Maycomb could believe that Dolphus was an abomination, a drunk - whatever one would call him. But he was only playing a trick. This shows how he is willing to mess with people's minds while still having fun in the process. Because of his mixed family, he might not have such a strong connection with his kids, so he has to get in touch with his childish…show more content…
Of course, upon finding out it was only Coke, she was less worried, but still - for a kid of her age, she's extremely perceptive. She understands the world, be it subconsiously or through the influence of others. I'm still not especially fond of her character, but I'm beginning to understand and empathize with the way she interprets things. (P) I'm aware that Mr. Raymond might not be that important of a character, but what would a movie be without the supporting cast? He's already helped the kids a significant amount, and I think that they will repay him in a way; even if it might not be portrayed in the book. They could show the townspeople his true nature and they could understand that he's not the disgrace they thought him to be. Perhaps they could even accept him as one of their own. I also predict that, because he was lurking outside of the courthouse, he might have something to do with the trial. (Q) Now, I understand that he has a free spirit and is entitled to his own actions, but why does Dolphus conceal his intentions? He mentioned that he wants to give people a reason, but could there be a reason for his reason? Or is he like Tom Robinson - just 'trying to help'? What is his true purpose in the story - why is the way he lives the way he lives? Is he trying to set an example, or simply just enjoying
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