Boo is the mysterious savior who killed Bob Ewell to save Jem and Scout. Boo Radley is far from a monster. After he saves them and takes them home Sheriff Heck Tate arrives. Heck Tate explains to them that they should tell everyone that Bob fell on his own knife instead of making Boo looking like a savior, but Atticus doesn 't understand. Sheriff Heck Tate explains, “Well it 's sort of like
This shows that they didn 't call a doctor, to try and cover up that Bob was the one who was abusing Mayella not Tom. Bob was beating her when he saw her kissing Tom. This can cause an unbiased audience feel again think that Bob did it to Mayella and that Mayella could be the one who was trying to take advantage of Tom.
However, because all of the fantasies that the people may or may not have made up, the reader never could get a feeling of what Boo Radley was really like. Halfway through the book, you finally get a hint that Boo was not really the evil person that was described. 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 .
Also, people are not always who they seem to be, so do not underestimate them. The author used Boo Radley, Jem Finch and Scout Finch to show the reader about the people who applied these lessons to their own lives. Boo Radley was a character in this book that was accused by the town of being a “malevolent phantom”, an outcast, and worse. Jem and Scout Finch heard this from the town, but refused to believe it. They set about trying to figure out who this
Him hiding away makes people think he’s evil and scary. “Every night sound I heard from my cot on the back porch was magnified threefold; every scratch of feet on gravel was Boo Radley seeking revenge…” Tom has a physical handicap. He is unable to use his left hand. This handicap forces him to work even harder to take care of his family. These handicaps cause more damage by how the townspeople view them.
I could see Mrs. Dubose’s… It was fall, and his children fought on the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Dubose’s… Winter and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and shot a dog. Summer, and he watched his children’s heartbreak. Autumn again, and Boo’s children needed him” ( Lee 374). Boo Radley could see every little thing that happens in the town from his house, yet he could do nothing about it. The children think of Boo Radley as a cruel and odd man, although Maycomb transforms him into the awkward man in which he is.
This symbolizes equality. In the courtroom, as Bob Ewell testifies that he saw Tom raping his daughter, the townspeople erupt. This angers the judge, who “hammered fully five minutes” (231) to get them to quiet down. By using his gavel, he is really asking for the townspeople in the courtroom to calm down and see the black man as an equal. However, in the end, the people in the jury cannot see this and Tom is found guilty simply because of his skin color.
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.
. it’s because he wants to stay inside.” (304) Jem realizes that with all the hate in the world Boo probably stays inside to avoid all of that and just wants some peace. At this point the readers view on Boo Radley has change from a psychopathic mad man to a kind boy who secretly cares for Jem and Scout. The next and final change in the readers view of Boo happen when he finally come outside of his house and openly meet the children for the first time in the story. This happens at the very end of the book when Jem and Scout are walking back for a school play and are attacked by Bob Ewell.