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Appearance Vs Reality In To Kill A Mockingbird Campbell Hall, English Essay

1501 words - 7 pages

It Is What It Is
You know those small towns that you always pass by but don’t know the name of, they
have no bright neon lights or towering Sky scrapers. They simply seem boring or bland. It’s not a
place where you want to spend your weekend away because “There's nothing to do”. But
maybe, just maybe, it’s the exact place you were looking for. When you walk down the street
you hear no car honks or police sirens instead you hear the laughs of kids around the fireplace
that make the crackling noise that takes you back to when you were a kid. The town has no street
meat but home made bread with jam and the jam could possibly be the sweetest thing that has
ever touched the surface of your lips. Yes there are hotels you can stay at but the town is the
place you want to make your home. But these are all the things you will never know because
supposedly it was just a boring simple town. Like the town I just described the town of
Maycomb, which is is the setting for the book ​To Kill a Mockingbird,​ has many aspects to it that
is not visible with one simple glance. The small town of Maycomb reveals that many people are
misjudged or misunderstood because of society’s expectations.
When people in Maycomb witness someone or something that is out of the ordinary they
try to find a reason to defend a person's actions. For example Dolphus Raymond, he is a wealthy
white man who walks around with a brown paper bag which everyone thinks has liquor inside of
it. He also has mulato children with his black mistress. At the time that ​To Kill a Mockingbird
takes place it is frowned upon for any white person to live or have a black significant other.
When the court case is going on in the book Mr. Dolphus Raymond tells Dill that he has
something that will make him feel better. Scout follows them and Raymond pulls out a coca-
cola bottle from inside the brown paper bag. At first Scout is confused because she has always
heard and thought that the bag has a liquor inside of it but it’s just a harmless type of pop. Scout
decides to ask Mr. Raymond why he hides his soda and he says, "I try to give 'em a reason, you
see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason. When I come to town, which is seldom, if I
weave a little and drink out of this sack, folks can say Dolphus Raymond's 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." (331). So Mr. Dolphus Raymond has never been a drunk but he was trying to give
people a reason for his actions. Everyone in the town see’s him as a lost cause because of his
drinking habits that aren’t even really their. This also shows how much pressure the society of
Maycomb puts on people.
Mr. Dolphus Raymond is not the only person within Maycomb that feels like they have to
act a certain way or say something so no one will judge them. Due to her circumstances, Mayella
Ewell also can’t express her true feelings and what she wants. Mayella Ewell is brought up in...

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