Even in a society that, overall, is diverse, people with similar ideas and experiences tend to congregate in small groups, where they are comfortable. It is much easier to remain in homogenous groups, among those who understand each other. When different groups combine, many different life experiences and points of view will be present and will potentially clash. Misunderstanding is bound to occur in some form when individuals of different backgrounds interact. When misunderstandings occur, people tend to respond with violence, fear, or stereotyping. In To Kill a Mockingbird, characters who are misunderstood by others are met with violence, fear, and stereotyping. One of the most prominent examples is Boo Radley. An outcast in the town, Boo …show more content…
To the children, so much as entering the front yard of the Radley house is a terrifying feat. At this time, the children do not understand Boo’s situation, as they have yet to meet him and know little about him apart from the stories. In the end, the children learn that Boo has been watching them all along and has even been a helpful presence in their lives. He was the one who left gifts in the tree outside the Radley yard for Scout and Jem, and he gave Scout a blanket during the fire. More importantly, however, Boo was the mysterious figure who saved the Finch children from Bob Ewell’s attack. Because the children did not understand Boo until the end of the story, the way they treated him was based on fear and the stereotypes they learned from the others in the town. Other significant examples of misunderstanding in the book come during the trial of Tom Robinson. After Bob Ewell finds his daughter, Mayella, kissing a black man, Tom Robinson, Mr. Ewell severely beats his daughter and accuses Tom of raping and beating her. Although it is physically impossible for Tom to have attacked Mayella, he is convicted of the crime. In Bob Ewell’s case, he responds to both Mayella and Tom with violence.
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Various incidents evidently show how it is part of human nature to create misconceptions and categorize people based on their appearance, beliefs, others’ opinions, and other attributes. In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the protagonist, Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout, grows up in a society in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. Since the town is full of gossip and rumors are frequently generated, Scout starts believing in a legend regarding a monstrous creature named Arthur “Boo” Radley. When she starts gaining negative knowledge about him, there are some actions that foreshadow the ultimate character of “Boo” Radley, especially when saving their lives. These actions reveal that Boo is just another person who is warm-hearted and
Though he is an honest, hardworking man he is black, and a white woman claimed he raped her. In this time period a white person's word was always taken over a black person's word and though he had not been convicted yet he was still feared. Finally, both Boo and Tom were accused of deeds they had not done. For instance, Boo Radley has had many rumour spread about him even though he comes from a family of fine folks. Though the Radley’s socioeconomic status, Boo was still disrespected, and was the and was the prey of many gossips such as Miss
Radley. Throughout the years, Boo was always there to assist, care for, and watch over the children. Yet he lurked in the shadows, keeping his distance, and remaining unseen. Draping a blanket over the freezing kids as they watched the blazing flames engulf Miss Maudie’s house, leaving tiny gifts in the Radley tree, stitching up Jem’s pants, and saving `them from the wrath of Bob Ewell, these were all generous actions Boo carried out for the Finch’s. Scout was beyond grateful, but felt guilty she had not given back to Mr. Radley.
Boo Radley is a mysterious person who often staked out by Jem, Scout and Dill. Apparently, Boo save Jem. It turned out that Boo Radley was not as unexpected. Then Atticus tells Jem about Boo who is a symbol like a mockingbird.
Intro “Being misunderstood doesn't mean you're the issue sometimes it's the people that misunderstand you with all the issues.” (unknown) Being misunderstood is preventing people from knowing who the person truly is and making them feel all alone and like they are the problem. In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the people in Maycomb make inferences on who the misjudged are. In Maycomb, people are judged by their actions, appearances, and what everybody thinks the people have done, but in reality, these false accusations set up a barrier between the misunderstood and everyone else.
Due to the fact that Boo never shows his face in the neighborhood, people were forced to make incorrect assumptions about him. After the plot twist near the end of the book, Boo’s neighbors are proved erroneous once and for all. When Bob Ewell attacks Jem and her
In the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo Radley was the most prominent character that fit the outsider archetype because of the stigma against mental illness. The community of Maycomb demonise him and label him insane, constructing an image of him as being huge and menacing and evil; Jem, a young boy says to his friend Dill describing Boo, “He’s about six and a half feet tall. He eats raw squirrels and all the cats he can catch. There’s a long, jagged scar that runs all the way across his face. His teeth are yellow and rotten.
(278). Scout reflects on Boo’s giving nature and is grateful that he left them those things, but also feels bad that she and Jem are never able to return his favors. Although Boo’s actions may have gone unnoticed for a while, Scout and Jem will always be grateful for what he has done for them. Boo can be seen as a role model in disguise for the kids because of his help to them. Boo is there for the children when no one else can be and protects them from Bob Ewell.
“Ignorance, Prejudice, and Innocence” “I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year” (Lee 83). Author Harper Lee continues with this idea, spoken by Scout Finch, in Chapter 17 of her book To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout Finch, age six, is stripped of her innocence in a mid-20th century Alabama courtroom. On trial is a black man accused of rapping a young white woman. Scout’s father, a lawyer, is unaware of her presence during the interrogations and cross-examinations.
To Kill a Mockingbird is about a little girl named Jean Louise Finch, called Scout, and her brother, Jeremy Finch, called Jem. A few houses down from theirs is the Radley’s house. Throughout the story, they try to make Arthur Radley, sometimes referred to as Boo Radley, come out of the house, because he never does. Some people are puzzled as to why Boo Radley doesn’t like to come out of his house, and I have a theory. This world is a cruel place, but many people don’t realize that.
So throughout the years he has been hiding away in his house not talking to anybody and does not go outside, even when his mom and dad died. Everything he had been doing harmed nobody. Throughout the book To Kill A Mockingbird Boo Radley symbolizes a mockingbird and teaches many lessons to the readers. To start Boo Radley symbolizes a mockingbird because a mockingbird does nothing but bring peace to people. Which Boo did nothing but say in his house ever since he was put in the basement of the courtroom from getting in trouble.
People always get misjudged and want to say who or what a person is like before they even meet him or her. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, has many examples of misjudging people, and some of those people could be better, or worse, than what that person judged. Most of these characters in the book do not have the sense to meet someone before they judge them. Even if a character knows a character, they still judge, and they judge wrong most of the time. People just don’t have enough sense, or manners, to not judge.
He is a kind, innocent man that loves Jem and Scout as if they were his own. The town views Boo as a monster, but as he leaves gifts for the children and mends Jem’s pants, the reader begins to see his true nature and learns that he is misjudged by society. Boo also saves the lives of Jem and Scout. In the process of saving the kids, Boo had to kill Bob Ewell. By killing Mr. Ewell; Boo Radley killed his innocence.
In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee shows that we shouldn’t be too quick to judge another person’s character based on outward appearance and the stories and rumors we have heard. The character Boo Radley is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t be hasty to judge. On the outside, Boo looks like a scary neighbor that lives just a few houses away. “.....he had sickly white hands that had never seen the sun. His face was as white as his hands…..”