How Does Boo Radley Child Abuse

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Thesis: The fate of children who experience paternal trauma is unfortunately negative. Topic Sentence for this section: Boo Radley was abused by his father and kept in confinement. CD #1 “ “Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six and a half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch. That’s why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 13). Jem describes Boo as if he’s a blood-hungry monster. This shows that since his father has locked him away and treated him like a monster. …show more content…

Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg… so Boo was locked in the courthouse basement” A child who acts violent toward their parents can mean many things. The main reason being they are acting in retaliation towards them because of abuse. If Boo was raised in a healthy house-hold and taught how to handle his emotions this would have been prevented. “A father wound can leave a person feeling low, depressed or anxious about their parental relationship. A parent is supposed to offer unconditional love, and if you see that others have that, it’s hard to understand why you don’t. Often, this anxiety or depression turns to anger” …show more content…

. . “Except when nothin’,” Said Mayella. “I said he does tollable.” Mr. Ewell leaned back again. “Except when he’s drinking?” asked Atticus so gently that Mayella nodded” (208-209 Lee). This singular quote gives evidence that Mayella is being abused and taken advantage of by her father. It also shows the negative effect it’s having on her. Her obvious distress in the courtroom when her father is being brought up and accused of being abusive makes Mayella extremely defensive and shows that she loves her father even under the circumstances. Her chance of overcoming this lifestyle in the future is slim because it’s all she’s ever known. CD #2 “Does he ever go after you?” “How you mean?” “when he’s riled---, has he ever beaten you?” . . . “My paw’s never touched a hair o’ my head in my life,” she declared firmly. “He never touched me” (Lee 209). The firm declaration of Mayella denying that her father abuses her after claiming he can be intolerable while drunk and her hesitant answer gives us the clear conclusion that Mayella is being abused by her father and her injuries and rape were done not by Tom Robinson but by Mr. Ewell

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