Dolphus Raymond - to Kill a Mockingbird

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Dolphus Raymond In the extract we come across a character called Dolphus Raymond. Dolphus Raymond is a white man who is in a relationship with a black woman and has ‘mixed children.’ Jem and Scout are discussing Dolphus Raymond’s ‘mixed children’ when Jem says ‘but around here once you have a drop of negro blood, that makes you all black.’ The ‘but’ in Jem’s sentence represents the places in America that have yet to move on from the laws of segregation. Jem’s sentence frustrates the reader as it lacks elements of emotion, as Jem and Scout could cause a change of opinions in the community of Maycomb. Jem talks about ‘a drop of negro blood’ this implies that both Jem and Scout have a negative attitude towards black people, perhaps caused by the amount of prejudice opinions in Maycomb. Lee includes Dolphus Raymond in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ to explore the issues of racial prejudice surrounding the time in which the novel is set and in the novel itself. Lee uses this extract to show us the challenges that mixed children faced at the time as a result of segregation. During the trial, the events of it cause Dill to become overwhelmed to the point of which he starts to cry, so Jem and Scout take him to the square outside the courthouse. This is where the children first encounter Dolphus Raymond. Dolphus Raymond sees that Dill is crying and responds with ‘cry about the simple hell people give other people – without thinking. Cry about the hell white people give coloured folks, without stopping to think that they’re people too.’ The repetition of the word ‘cry’ gives the reader the impression that Dolphus Raymond is angry at the way in which white people treat the black community. His words also highlight the simplicity of the situation through his eyes, Dolphus Raymond also repeats the word ‘hell’ which leads Scout, Jem and Dill to consider how much a segregated
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