How To Change In To Kill A Mockingbird

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While To Kill a Mockingbird focuses mainly on the kids’ interest in Boo Radley and the trial of Tom Robinson, many seemingly unrelated moments are included. One of these is when the children encounter Mr. Dolphous Raymond. This seemingly unrelated is important, however. The author, Harper Lee, included it because it does impact two larger story lines in the book, racism and why people should not have to change who they are to please others. In chapter 20, Mr. Dolphous Raymond offers Dill a sip from the bottle of supposed whiskey in his paper sag and then Dill learns that it is actually Coca-Cola. This event actually brings up the theme that people don’t like to change because they are scared of what others think of them, especially if they are bullied by people who are racist.…show more content…
Raymond pretends to be an alcoholic just to please the arrogant people of Maycomb to accept his decisions. Mr. Raymond also explains that the people of Maycomb will never try to understand the way he lives. What is learned from Mr. Raymond is that people do not like to change the way they think and some people, once they put a label on someone, do not want to change. Mr. Raymond’s double life, that he is not an alcoholic and has a black wife, represents the accommodations people have to make for themselves when they don’t fit in to society. Dill tells Mr. Raymond it’s not honest for him to lie and Mr. Raymond tells him that he knows he should not have to change his life just to meet the social requirements from the people of Maycomb. Mr. Raymond doesn’t care about what people think of him, but he acts the way he does to make others feel
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