TKAM quote- Mr. Raymond

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TKAM quote- Mr. Raymond

"You mean why do I pretend? Well, it's very simple," he said. "Some folks don't - like the way I live. Now I could say the hell with 'em, I don't care if they don't like it. I do say I don't care if they don't like it, right enough - but I don't say the hell with 'em, see?" -Adolphus Raymond

I think that Mr Raymond is saying that people should be able to say or do what they want within law, ethics and reason.

As a citizen of the United States, I have the right to say and do what I wish, as long as I stay within the law. The only restrictions are social norms and ideals. However, nations like China have censorship laws, and Google recently planned to stop connections to China after an internet leak on reporters. Google also talked about how China had asked them to hide certain sites which the government saw as "harmful."

Mr. Raymond is seen to the town of Maycomb as a strange man; he is constantly drunk, and envoked one of the greatest anathemas of that time and place; marrying a black woman. However, the drunk part is a lie on Mr. Raymond's part; he acts drunk as to not be ridiculed. Mr. Raymond is not ashamed of his decision, but hides it, as to not confront people.

When I read this quote, I think of Martin Luther King Jr. and his acts against racial discrimination. He used civil disobedience to act peacefully to support his ideas, and inevitably won. Also, the Hippie movement used similar tactics to promote anti-war ideas. Both spread what they thought was right without fighting anyone, which is similar to this quote.



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