Arthur Radley (Boo) from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a young man, living in Maycomb, Alabama, who is portrayed much differently to what he really is. Arthur is very reclusive, and has minimal interactions with others in his community. Boo Radley is also misunderstood, being unable to show who he really is in the community. He is also a very mysterious character in the book whose character is portrayed differently as people know Arthur as someone in their community that is dangerous and occasionally violent.
Though Jem is unconscious due to injuries, Scout meets Boo, without at first really knowing it is him. Upon her first realization that she is in the room with him, and that he is the one who carried Jem home to safety, Scout is speechless besides muttering “Hey Boo.” (Lee, 362) She then realizes that the original fantasies her and Jem had may not be true. Boo was the children’s savior. In the midst of the whole situation, Scout sat by the strong light of the living room, beside Boo.” (Lee, Pg. 364) Scout seemed to have a new understanding that Boo Radley was not some evil or frightening creature, but a human being. Towards the end, while bringing Boo home, Scout has the last of her very short moments with Boo. “He gently released my hand, opened the door, went inside, and shut the door behind him. I never saw him again” (Lee, 373) says Scout. After some contemplation, Scout left. She had now come along way from what she had thought about him at
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
Throughout the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by Harper Lee, the readers can see how Scout changes her view about Boo Radley. Because of their nosiness, Jem, Scout, and Dill try to drag Boo out his house and to the outside world. Their innocent actions combined with Boo’s actions changed the image of Boo, in their minds, from “a malevolent phantom” (10), a person who kills cats and eats squirrels to a neighbor they can trust, who saves them from Bob Ewell. Scout says at the end, “Boo was our neighbor” (373). The readers can see a great change in their relationship. At the beginning, the children cannot even go near Boo’s place without palpitation, but at the end, Scout is comfortable enough to walk Boo up to his front porch. Throughout the novel, Scout has changed her view of Boo after a chain of Boo’s actions toward her. As Scout grows older, she becomes wiser to understand her father’s lesson, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it ” (39). Her father says this at the beginning, but till the end, thanks to the maturity combined with Boo’s actions that help Scout to understand it. She has matured enough to realize that people should not judge other people by rumor, but give them some chances to prove themselves.
Harper Lee’s interpretation of Boo Radley’s philosophy illustrates his courage.At times when Boo leaves his home he doesn't harm anyone instead, he leaves Jem and Scout presents, covers Scout with a blanket during the fire, and eventually saves the children from Bob Ewell. Despite the pureness of his heart, however, Boo has been damaged by an abusive father. In Chapter 30, Scout tells Atticus that hurting Boo Radley would be “sort of like shootin’ a Mockingbird.” think it will be important for you to show the theory of Boo's character and what we come to find out is his actual character as you develop this theme of Boo's courage. He knows how all the townspeople viewed him as a phantom menace who haunted people and ate raw animals. (chp.1pg.9)
Throughout the book Lee portrays the theme by using the character Boo Radley. In the first chapter Scout and her brother describe Boo as a malevolent and hideous person who eats animals raw. All throughout the majority of the book Scout never actually sees Boo Radley and because of this she places judgment and false accusations on him. Although at the very end of the novel Scout does meet Boo Radley in person, and she is standing on the porch of the Radley place when she starts to come to a realization. She says “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.”(374). From analyzing this quote Scout is finally seeing perspectives
Portrayed as an inhumanly and malevolent being when in reality the desire for social interaction burns within his nature but is cut off due to an agoraphobic state, Boo Radley is conflicted in terms of reaching out and socializing with his neighbors Scout and Jem Finch. This can be concluded throughout Part One of, “To Kill a Mockingbird” as Boo demonstrates forms of communication and the urge for interaction. These acts consist of Boo stabbing his father, the displacement of tree treats, and the blanket he set on Scout. Each of these help to develop an idea that he’s become exhausted of being cooped up indoors and instead wants to break free from this restraint. Thus, in Harper Lee’s, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Boo yearns for social interaction with the Finch children.
“Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too”(Rachel Grady). Rachel Grady, an american film writer wrote about being able to see things in someone else's point of view in this quote. If you were to put yourself in somebody else's viewpoint you would able to understand them better. Therefore you would be able to learn more things about them that you did not know before. In Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, the children Jem, Dill and Scout, Atticus and Mr. Cunningham have all put themselves in other people's shoes to understand and learn from them . Jem, Scout and Dill were able to have a better understanding of Boo Radley. Atticus was able
Miss Maudie’s house caught fire in the middle of a winter night. The Finches live next to Miss Maudie, so Atticus had to get Jem and Scout out of the house. He told Jem and Scout that they were to stay in front of the Radley house while he went to retrieve some of Miss Maudie’s belongings from the fire. After the fire was put out, Atticus asked Jem and Scout where they got their blanket. It was not their blanket and they did not move during the fire, so someone must have given it to them. Atticus revealed that Boo was that someone. Scout was so focused on the fire, a symbol that foreshadows the events that will tear Maycomb apart, that she did not notice the good deed Boo did for her. At the end of the novel, Scout was starting to lose hope in justice and goodness in the world. Tom Robinson, who in reality was innocent, was found guilty of raping Mayella Ewell and was shot seventeen times. Scout became hopeful again when Boo showed kindness to the Finches and saved them from Bob Ewell. Jem and Scout were walking home on Halloween from Mrs. Merriweather’s Maycomb history pageant when they were attacked. Boo Radley stabbed Bob Ewell to save the Finches. He carried Jem home and Scout followed. It was so easy for Scout to focus on the evils and to forget or ignore the good. Boo reminded her that even though
The mockingbird in the title of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," symbolizes a number of characters throughout the novel. In order to fully understand why these characters symbolize killed mockingbirds, one must first understand what the title represents and why it's wrong to kill a mockingbird. The idea that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird was first mentioned by Atticus Finch (the protagonist's, Scout, father) when he saw the children shooting things with BB guns. As he knows that soon they will go after birds, he tells them: "Shoot all the Blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird”. As Miss Maudie (the Finch's next-door neighbour) explains to Scout, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird because
Scout learns to not judge people by the things they do. Scout most clearly learns this when she realizes how Boo Radley secretly helps her. For example, when Miss. Maudie’s house catches on fire, Boo came up behind her and put a blanket around her when she was outside, cold. Also, at the end Boo saved Scout from being hurt by Bob Ewell. “Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of
When Boo finds and saves Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell trying to kill them, Atticus invites Boo onto the porch to talk: “I led him to the chair farthest from Atticus and Mr. Tate. It was in deep shadow. Boo would feel more comfortable in the dark” (364). Scout jumps into the skin of Boo Radley and offers him a seat in the shade, understanding he would be far more comfortable there. Further along in the novel, Scout get quite custom to Boo’s actions and feelings, and knows he will not ask for things he secretly wants: “He turned to me and nodded towards the front door. ‘You’d like to say goodnight to Jem, wouldn't you[?] [...] Boo’s hand came up, but he let it drop to his side. ‘You can pet him, Mr. Arthur, he's asleep’” (372). Scout looks at things in Boo’s perspective and offers him things she knows he is too shy to ask for. Just after saying goodnight to Jem, Scout walks Mr. Arthur home. On his porch steps, she thinks to herself: “Atticus was right. [...] One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough” (374). Scout is able to see and empathize for the real Boo Radley. She no longer sees the man who stabs his father or looks at people sleeping during the night. She sees a shy hero. She is now able to climb into his skin and understand his perspective and
Everybody knows who he was, but nobody knows who he is. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a novel that describes the conflicts and events that the people in Maycomb experience. The main characters include, Scout, Jem, Atticus, Dill, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Throughout the story, Atticus focuses on his case for Tom Robinson and trying the best he can to do the right thing for his children, Jem and Scout. The children, Scout, Jem and Dill constantly obsess over Boo Radley till the very end where all their questions are answered. Boo Radley is one of the many characters in To Kill a Mockingbird that was always misunderstood, people have always judged him based off of who he was and not who he could be.
After the climax of the book, Scout walked Boo Radley home. As Scout stands on the Radleys’ front porch, she also stands in Boo Radley’s shoes. The book even states “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man unless you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” Scout relives through what Boo Radley must have seen: Jem, Dill, and Scout playing games in their yard, Jem and Scout standing outside while Miss Maudie’s house burnt down, Jem and Scout being attacked. This helps her really understand the man whom she only saw once: Boo
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee represents that respect is treating others the way one wants to be treated even though someone may be hard to respect. Social justice requires respect because being respectful to someone could help the situation. The character of Atticus Finch demonstrates respect by respecting the outcasts, gender, and different races.