How Does Boo Radley Use Inequality In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a story about inequality, injustice and racism seen through the eyes of two innocent children, Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout live in Maycomb, Alabama and learn these sad lessons through their relationships with their father Atticus, their maid Calpurnia, their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of a terrible crime. Through their relationship with Boo and Tom, Jem and Scout learn about racism and inequality that changes how they see the world. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are two different people who share similar struggles with inequality throughout this story. Boo and Tom experience a form of racism and discrimination. Boo is discriminated against because his …show more content…

Boo is “mentally challenged”. This handicap keeps him from being able to read, write speak properly. This handicap forces him to live with his emotionally abusive parents. This handicap makes him even more “different” than other men in society. 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. Both Boo and Tom are very compassionate and caring men. Because Boo cares so much for Jem and Scout, he risks his life to save theirs. He comes out of his home which is very hard for him and fights Bob Ewell who has a knife to make sure Jem and Scout stay safe. Tom is also a caring man. He knew he should not help Mayella but his concern for her happiness was more important than the potential consequences. “I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella.” Both men risked their lives to help

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