How Does Lee Use Details in This Passage to Show Attitudes to Race?

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How does Lee use details in this passage to show attitudes to race? Racial segregation is a key factor in Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. In the passage we are presented with Lee uses a vast amount of details to show attitudes to race; not just in the fictional town of Maycombe but in most of the world at that time as well. Firstly and mostly it is shown through Mr Dolphus Raymond. Mr Raymond is presented as the town drunk; he is living with and has had children with a black woman. In this passage Scout describes Mr Raymond as “an evil man”, a term she has obviously picked up from her elders who most likely use it often when talking about Mr Raymond. This shows how much the town despises and looks down upon Mr Raymond for his ‘pitiful’ lifestyle. The word “evil” is a word most commonly used to describe murderers, rapists, kidnappers and other hateful individuals of great malevolence; so for it to be used on a man whose only ‘crime’ is a relationship with and producing offspring with a black woman shows just how hated black people were and how heavy racism gripped the South of the USA at the time Lee wrote the novel. This was most likely the message she was trying to get across with this passage. After discovering that all Mr Dolphus Raymond drinks is “nothing but Coca-Cola” and that his drunken activities are nothing but a ruse he explains that his reason for it is “it helps folks if they can latch onto a reason” and that they could never understand that “I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live”. These two quotes explain that Mr Raymond fabricates his drunkenness to explain why he’s married to a black woman and has “mixed children”, instead of admitting the truth, and that the town would never allow him to continue his life as it is if they believed he was in his right mind. The town accept his behaviour because he’s in “the clutches of
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