"Urban legend, (n), a humorous or horrific story or piece of information circulated as though true, especially one purporting to involve someone vaguely related or known to the teller. " (Google dictionary). In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, urban legends are used to develop characters, and progress the plot. There are several different fables, about certain people in the book. One, Boo Radley is thought of as a scary pet eater, but in reality he is just a old man with mental health issues. The rest of this essay is about how urban legends have shaped how these three people are viewed. Dolphus Raymond, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz.
The first urban legend is about another man in To Kill a Mockingbird named Dolphus Raymond. Dolphus is a man who had a white wife who killed herself for an unknown reason, and after that married a black women. People think he drinks a lot, because he is not welcome in either the white community or the black one. He has mixed children, and no one understands him. Everyone thinks he drinks whisky in his brown paper bag, but he really is just drinking Coca-Cola. This is a secret that only Dill, Jem and Scout know because Dolphus knows if the other people in the community knew, they wouldn't understand that it is a lifestyle choice, and he does it because he wants to. This is interesting because everyone is always talking about how he is “in the clutches of whisky”(p155 Harper Lee). When he tells the kids this it is revealed that he is a kind person who is just misunderstood.
The second person whose urban legend changes people’s view of him is Donald Trump. There are several different fables about Donald Trump, but a major one is that he has tiny hands. The story starts with people making fun of him for his allegedly small hands. People made memes and jokes about him. Other people got in on the fun too, including another presidential candidate running against Trump, Marco Rubio. When this happened, Trump defended himself by stating that “ And, he referred to my hands -- 'if they're small, something else must be small.' I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee". This may be a bit of an inappropriate remark, but in a way it shows his insecurity. The truth is Donald Trump actually has average sized hands, but people are just trying to insult him because he is the leading candidate for the republican candidacy. People will keep making fun of him, and try to make him ineligible for the presidency, but who knows, maybe one day we will all bow to him.
The last urban legend is about Ted Cruz. People think because he resembles the serial killer that he is the Zodiac Killer. The Zodiac Killer has been linked to 5 murders in the Bay Area from 1968-1969. It is also suspected that he was involved in more murders as well. He first killed two people, claiming "it was fun", but then went on to more. At one point, he was seen and had sketches drawn of him, and the sketch resembles the image of the Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. This is an interesting story because of how openly the killer admitted to his murders. He was never found, but almost always sent letters to the San Francisco newspaper admitting to his crimes, and threatened to do more if the letter was not published in the paper. This is a fun story but definitely untrue since Cruz was born in 1970, and the attacks started happening in 1968. Unless there was an unborn fetus running around killing people, it was definitely someone else.
All of these people have had their reputations changed because of urban legends. All of these legends are false, and that is why they're in some way are wrong, but the reason people make them is people ether don't like or don't understand what they make the legend about. These are just three of the thousands of urban legends in the world, and they all just are jokes that provide a quick laugh.