He has a criminal record, which mostly consist of petty crimes. The people in the town think he is crazy. Miss Crawford creates rumors about how crazy Boo is. Most of the town’s people believe the rumors causing a slight hysteria to surround Boo. 3.
Of course I don't believe he poisoned the nuts, if anything it was probably just an allergic reaction but still, I wonder what makes Boo hideout? What makes Boo allow for these rumors to even be spread in the first place? We all just crave knowing what is going on in Boo Radley's head and what makes him allow himself to be the monster of children's
There is a strange story that Boo was sitting in the living room, and when his parents came in the room he stabbed scissors into their leg. When the police showed up, Mrs. Radley was sitting in the living room perfectly fine. It was also told that at night Boo would be seen peering into the windows of his neighbors houses. Boo was so well known that if a negro was walking down the street, they would cross the street and under no circumstance walk past the house on the same side of the road. Boo was also part of a gang.
He did a harmless prank years ago, when he was a kid, and his father punished him and he has been a prisoner in his own home since. He doesn’t do anything to harm anyone in Maycomb and they make him into a monster. For example, he helps the kids in various ways, from giving scout a blanket outside while Miss Maudie’s house was on fire, fixing Jem’s ripped pants, and saving the children from being killed by Bob Ewell. Atticus and Sheriff Tate agree it wouldn’t be a good idea to say Boo was the one who killed Bob because it would be hard for him to stand trial. Scout says, “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?”
In the beginning of the book we know Boo as the weird person that stabbed his father, but Mrs. Stephanie says “Boo wasn’t crazy, he was high-strung at times.” (11). As the story of Boo progresses, the children keep interacting with Boo without knowing it. His innocence is shown when he brings a blanket for Scout in the event of Mrs. Maudie’s house burning down, and when he saved Jem and Scout from Bob. His loss of innocence is shown earlier in his life when he was in a “gang” that did not always do the right things.
He hadn’t left his house in years and hadn’t been seen either, but he left his house to save Scout and Jem armed with a only a kitchen knife and killed Bob Ewell. It took a lot of courage for Boo to attack Bob in the woods because he rarely left his house, people hadn’t seen him in years, and he was very shy. He knew that there was a good chance that he wouldn’t be able to stop Bob, and that he would probably have to be seen by many people and talk in front of them at court. He showed courage because he was scared and shy, but he knew that the children weren’t going to be safe unless he killed Bob
I dashed as fast as I could behind the buildings, not caring about the neighbor 's yards. In the distance, I saw a newly made fence blocking the way. I stopped, about to turn and run to the sidewalk, when I realized I was in the Radley 's backyard. And there on the back porch, sat Boo. It had been a while since I had seen him, but he hadn 't changed one bit.
When Jem and Scout were coming home from the pageant and were attacked by Mr.Ewell, Boo rescues them and kills Bob Ewell in the process. Scout appreciates his actions because Boo saves her brother. When Atticus discusses turning Boo in, Scout says, “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (Lee 370). Boo makes the right decision by saving Scout and Jem and he does not mean to cause any harm.
“ ...he eats raw squirrels and all the cats he can catch” (foote 12). There was really no proof that Boo ate raw squirrels or cats. Almost everyone in the town judges Boo because he is a quiet guy that stays in his house. This shows the theme appearances don't always reflect reality because Jem never saw Mr.Radley east squirrels or cats.
Then, Miss Maudie’s house caught on fire in the middle of a cold night, causing the whole neighborhood to wake up and go outside to see what was happening. Jem and Scout were standing in front of the Radley house, watching the fire, when somebody came and put a blanket over Scout’s shoulders. At the time, neither Jem nor Scout noticed this happen, but later they realized it had to have been Boo. Later on, after the Halloween play at the school, the Finch children were walking home in the dark when they were attacked by Bob Ewell. Jem and Scout could have been killed, but again, Boo came out at just the right moment and saved them.
We live in a society today where judging others is a regular, everyday activity. Many people may blame a significant amount of this issue on the excessive amount of technology we have access too, but this problem has been around for much longer. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it shows the ugliness that can come from judging others, but it also teaches two young children, Scout and Jem, to listen to others, so that you can have the opportunity to learn from them. Throughout the story many characters were able to demonstrate this lesson for the kids, but three that were true examples of it were Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch and Boo Radley. With only aiming to stand up for what they believe in and not worrying what everyone
Instead, he was nice enough to put a blanket over Scout Finch’s shoulders during a neighbor’s house fire. Later, after Tom Robinson’s trial, Jem Finch finally understood why Boo was staying inside his house. “I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all the time . . . it’s because he wants to stay inside” (Lee 259).
Boo Radley never harmed anyone, but was victimized by the social prejudice of the Maycomb community. Although not established until the end of the novel, Boo Radley is set up to be the last discovered symbolic character for the image of the mockingbird. Harper Lee has done this to illustrate all points of injustice in the 1930s societal town of Maycomb, where rumours and old tales define Boo's life story rather than his authentically generous heart and personality. During the concluding chapter of the novel, Scout comes to the realization that blaming Boo for Bob Ewell's death would be "sort of like shootin' a mockingbird." Boo does many kind-hearted things in the novel such as leaving gifts in the knot-hole for Scout and Jem, repairing Jem's pants, putting the blanket on Scout discretely in order to keep her warm, and even saving them from the evil Bob Ewell.
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.”