As Jem and Scout talk of the court case, Dolphus Raymond appears and joins their conversation. As Scout questions Raymond’s ethics, she gets confused and states how, ”That ain't honest Mr. Raymond, making yourself out badder'n you are already.” (Lee 268) Scout doesn't know why Raymond pretends to be drunk, as being in adolescence, she wouldn’t yet see how strong the hate towards race mixing is in Maycomb. Because of Scouts age, she makes the unfair bias while interpreting the event that Raymond is too scared to be himself. In reality, Raymond is only protecting himself, yet Scout chooses to believe that no harm would come to him if he confessed. Scout’s interpretation of racial prejudice in Maycomb leads one to the conclusion that being young gives her the bias that people who pretend are too scared to be themselves, showing that Scout’s age is making her biased.
Harper Lee intentionally uses Scout’s young age to show the biases one has while young. To Kill a Mockingbird gives strong examples of racism and biases in moments with Boo Radley, Miss Maudie and Dolphus Raymond. These moments always have some relevance to Scout’s age and is a part of how she interprets it. While Scout has a young age, people of most societies assume certain stereotypes based off age too. Whether good or bad, people will use age to know what to expect from a coworker, boss, or basically any other