These are the three main characters in the book that had their appearances misunderstood. Boo Radley is constantly assumed of being a horrible person. There are many rumors that spread around the town. A rumor about Boo Radley started and spread quick, ¨...Boo drove the scissors into his parents leg…,¨ as he was sitting in his house cutting up newspaper for his book (Lee 13). Boo never goes outside so no one has ever spoken to him, no one knows if this actually happened.
A lot of people viewed Boo Radley as a monster who could not leave is house. That was not the case Boo was a nice person who helped people without them knowing some times. One night Scout and Jem were walking home after the event they were attended, Bob was following the kids home and he was intened trying to hurt them. Jem was attacked by Bob and Jem told his sister to run home. Scout was knocked down because of the custom she was wearing.
Rumors say that most crimes are done by him, mostly nocturnal events like mutilated chickens and pets. Jem had never seen Boo. Dill, a friend of Jem, dared him to touch the Radleys House so Boo Radley would come out. ‘Jem threw the gate open and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his foray was successful.’ At first he was scared, but since his pride of never backing out on a dare was too big, he did it anyway. After this event, Jem’s fear towards the Radleys lessened.
People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows. When people’s azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them. Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work” (Lee 9). Scout recalls Boo with a negative connotation, claiming he is nearly a criminal. Much like the rest of the children in Maycomb, she judges Boo without
George had specifically told lennie not to talk to anyone, but sometimes people get a little bit lonely. So when all the guys went into town and left lennie alone back at the barn, everything went wrong. First of all, lennie had seen the light of Crooks barn room. Crooks is a black man, ¨He kept his distance and demanded people to keep theirs¨ ( John Steinbeck 67). Lennie had entered the room.
In To Kill A Mockingbird Boo Radley is a man who always stays shut up inside of his house which causes many rumors about him to be spread around the town. For instance, at the end of chapter 14 it’s stated “Dill?”/ “Mm?”/ “Why do you reckon Boo Radley’s never run off?”/ Dill sighed a long sigh and turned away from me./ “Maybe he doesn 't have anywhere to run off to…” This shows how Boo Radley is emotionally struggling because people always are assuming things about him that can cause him to feel uncomfortable around others. At the end of the book Boo Radley acts afraid of everything like when it says “Will You take me home?’ He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark.” After witnessing Jem, Scout, and Dill acting out his rumored “life story”, I infer that it must have been very weird and uncomfortable for Boo to be so close to “his children” when they were the ones who supposedly made fun of him. Emotionally he is struggling because he is overwhelmed by the fact that he is always a hot topic of the town, and the trio acting his story out didn’t make him feel any better. In the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou the last stanza is written “The caged bird sings/ with a fearful trill/ of things unknown/ but longed for still/and his tune is heard/ on the distant hill/ for the caged bird/sings of freedom.” Boo Radley
(Townsend 6.) Also after they realized the baby was gone “Anne and the servants searched the house, starting in the nursery, and none of them saw the ransom note on the window sill. Yet Lindbergh discovered it after returning to the nursery alone.” (Townsend 11.) As suspicious as that sounds Lindbergh also just happened to forget his son’s dog that slept under the crib every night. (Townsend 11.)
Growing up Jem and Scout they heard of a man named Boo Radley. They heard rumors about how Boo was a murderer and that he is locked up in the basement of his parents house. The Radley’s house was just few houses down from Jem and Scouts and being kids they were very curious. They created games, but out of those games held their true opinions of how they felt about Boo. Jem describes his image of Boo, “..Six and a half feet tall,....he dined on raw squirrels and cats he could catch, that 's why his hands are bloodstained-if ate an animal raw you could never wash the blood off.
Further tales involve him being in a gang, having powers, and being dead and haunting everyone. Scout told, “The Radleys...kept to themselves…[t]hey did not go church...had no screen doors…[and] when the younger Radley boy [Boo] was in his teens…[he] formed the nearest thing to a gang ever seen in Maycomb…”(Lee 11-13). This quote exhibits how the rumors spread not knowing if true or false by the town. It enhances the reason why he is an outsider, because the community basically disowned him and his family. He is also living proof how hurtful that rumors could be that he would rather stay inside and not want to go outside and be apart of the
William used to work on the ranch with Slim and all of the other workers. Despite hearing that his old co-worker’s letter is in a magazine, Carlson refuses to be a part of the conversation because of how bad Candy’s dog smells. Candy’s dog smells very bad and is getting old and worn down, so Carlson starts talking about how he can shoot the dog to end its and everybody else’s suffering. Candy has a strong connection to his dog that Carlson doesn’t care about. After the conversation about shooting Candy’s dog, Steinbeck says, “Candy looked a long time at Slim to try to find some reversal.