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Analysis It is easy to criticize Mr Dolphus Raymond as an unreal saccharinely nonracist character Indeed in a temporal and geographical setting in which the white community as a whole has so little sympathy for blacks Raymond is not only anomalous but also somewhat preposterousit seems that even the righteous and morally upstanding Atticus might view Raymond as having breached accepted notions of social propriety The importance of Raymonds character however lies in the nature of his preference for blacks Raymond never explains precisely why he prefers blackshe just does similarly the white community never explains why it hates blacksit just does The difference between these two ingrained attitudes however is that whereas the white community imposes its preferences unapologetically on the whole of Maycomb Raymond acts on his preferences solely because he wants to live that way not because he wants to dictate how others should live Mr Raymonds presence outside the courtroom is fitting like Miss Maudie he does not belong inside with the rest of the white people because he does not share their guilt Mr Raymond is a harsh realist and while he shares Jems outrage he is too old to cry In a way Mr Raymond is another illustration of an innocent destroyed by hatred and prejudice a moral and conscientious man he is also an unhappy figure a good man who has turned cynical and lost hope after witnessing too much evil in the world You havent seen enough of the world yet he tells Scout commenting on her innocent belief in human goodness You havent even seen this town but all you gotta do is step back inside the courthouse Whereas Mr Raymond believes that Maycombs racist side is the real Maycomb Atticus less embittered seems to hold out hope for the townsignificantly his eloquent closing argument is devoid of despair Rather he speaks to the jury with confidence and dignity urging them to
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