To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Contributed by Sharon Fleming
Chapter 20

In the square, the two talk with Dolphus Raymond who has a black girlfriend and children of mixed-race, something looked down upon by many in Maycomb. He offers Dill coca cola, which Scout thinks is alcohol. Surprised, she asks Raymond why he lets people think he's a drunkard, and he answers that the people would leave him and his family alone if they think he's a drunkard. The children return to the courtroom and Dill gets Scout and Jem's attention as he points at Calpurnia as she walks towards Atticus.


The conversation between Dill, Scout and Dolphus Raymond giver the reader and the characters a little break from the tension of the trial and provides another aspect of the complex Maycomb society. Raymond has a black girlfriend mixed-race children. He is standing up for what he believes ids right, just like Atticus. However, he compromises his courage by hiding behind drunkenness to make his life easier. Atticus is quiet about his beliefs until he is challenged, when he reveals what he believes and stands behind it. When people suggest that he shouldn’t have taken the case since he has much to lose, he insists that he believes in equality. Unlike Dolphus, Atticus leaves no doubt where he stands.

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