Boo Radley Misunderstood

658 Words3 Pages
Think you know Boo Radley? Boo Radley is a shy, mysterious character from Harper Lee’s: To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the book, Boo is thought of as a monster within the book’s setting of Maycomb county. He’s also know to be mentally ill and violent due to many stories about his past. However, I believe he’s just very misunderstood. I believe that Boo Radley is really a caring and courageous human being. Furthermore, I believe that throughout To Kill a Mockingbird; Boo Radley is shown to be misunderstood, caring, and courageous. First off, Boo is shown to be misunderstood broadly throughout the story. For example, due to the townspeople and stories, Jem and Scout believe Boo Radley to be “ six-and-a-half feet tall,” “dined on raw squirrels…show more content…
When you think of courage, Boo Radley probably wouldn’t first come to mind when thinking about To Kill a Mockingbird. But, I believe that he is one of the most courageous characters in the story. First off, he saved Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell. This is an obvious example of how Boo Radley was courageous. But when doing this, Boo Radley stepped out of an even greater comfort zone. He came out. Throughout his own life he was isolated from Maycomb. But, when he saw that Scout and Jem (two kids he cared for) were in trouble, he put his lifestyle behind him and acted. He wasn’t thinking of the consequences, but thinking of the children's’ lives. As Sheriff Heck Tate put it after Bob Ewell’s assault on Scout and Jem “I never heard tell that it’s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did (Boo Radley), but maybe you’ll say it’s my duty to tell the town all about it and not hush it up. Know what’d happen then? All the ladies in Maycomb indludin’ my wife’d be knocking on his door bringing angel food cakes.” this means that Boo Radley’s actions had consequences that would very much affect him. But he saved Scout and Jem anyway which I believe is not only the most selfless act in the book, but most indefinitely
Open Document