This ignorance drives the plot and shows how the characters grow. One of the main characters, Boo Radley, acted as the feared man on the street because nobody knew much about him. For instance, “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him. People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows.
“Do not judge my story by the chapter that you walked in on.” Nobody knows who wrote this quote however it is very good nonetheless. This quote shows that one should not judge another without first learning about their past and holds great significance in the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird. More specifically this pertains to Boo Radley. Over the course of To Kill a Mocking Brid Boo is seen as a maniac but as the story progresses the readers view of him changes from a crazed psychopath to simply a misunderstood boy.
They also learn that the reason Boo Radley’s hands are bloodstained are because he eats any squirrels or cats he finds. Jem also describes him as a horrific scary monster, but these are only based on facts that Stephanie Crawford has told them and the town. Jem and Scout are curious with these tales as they try to get Boo out of house, so they can see how he looks like.
Similarly, her image as a “poor and plain” protagonist only added to the inferiority of her status (182). This pessimistic outlook was the effect of years of abuse, negligence, mistreatment, and solitude. Though she was a well-rounded woman, when compared to the others, no qualities caused admiration unto the public, consequently causing her to easily be overlooked. St. John Rivers continuously highlighted her similarities to other females, yet their distinction through the passionate vigor of her character. The “intolerable defects” the protagonist possessed often seemed to deem the rest of her interior qualities (152).
Growing up Jem and Scout they heard of a man named Boo Radley. They heard rumors about how Boo was a murderer and that he is locked up in the basement of his parents house. The Radley’s house was just few houses down from Jem and Scouts and being kids they were very curious. They created games, but out of those games held their true opinions of how they felt about Boo. Jem describes his image of Boo, “..Six and a half feet tall,....
At first, Jem was easily startled. After he went through the consequence he changed into a more patient person, but he still wasn’t sorry for destroying Ms. Dubose’s bushes. In Maycomb there is a house where an interesting family called the Radleys lives in. Scout and Jem are both afraid of the Radleys house because of Boo Radley.
Don't blame me when he gouges your eyes out."(pg.17) Is what Jem thinks of Boo Radley a mysterious, and isolative person who hides from everyone inside the walls of his house. Boo Radley is another character who shows courage throughout the story To Kill a Mockingbird. Such as when he saved Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell killing them. He took on a knife-wielding man when instead he could have remained behind the walls of his house, and for a person who is always hiding, it takes a lot of
Society’s thoughts and beliefs can play a very influential role in one’s thoughts and beliefs. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout and Jem torment their neighbor Boo Radley due to his ominous and timid nature throughout the story. The children encounter Bob Ewell, who is bitter after the children’s father Atticus exposes Ewell’s daughter for being a fraud in court. Ewell then seeks out revenge on Atticus by intending to murder his children. Boo Radley saves the children, then the children begin to recognize the error of their ways.
The name “Lord of the Flies” is a reference to the name of the Biblical devil Beelzebub, which symbolizes the evil that potentially exists in the heart of every human. The beast was first introduced in the novel by a boy, described as “shrimp of a boy, about six years old, and one side of his face was blotted out by a mulberry-colored birthmark.” (Golding, 27). In reality, the beast is not real, it actually represents the children 's fears about themselves. The boys end up letting out the beast, which is the savagery hiding within them.
The town of Maycomb has made up superstitions about him, they blame every mishap or misfortune, whether it is proven otherwise or not. There are also stories that are passed from family to family. Some include Boo stabbing his father in the leg and winding up in prison. Further tales involve him being in a gang, having powers, and being dead and haunting everyone. Scout told, “The Radleys...kept to themselves…
In the final paragraph of "The Overcoat", the ghost that has been stealing overcoats from people is confronted by a watchman, and he seemed to be purposely confusing. One may view it as the ghost of poor Akaky, that is now haunting the unjust society that allows the victimization and bullying of the weak and the poor by the higher class that is strong and mighty. The way the ghost is described in this paragraph is " this apparition, however, was considerably taller and adorned with immense mustaches, and directing its steps apparently toward Obukhov Bridge, vanished into the darkness of the night" (Gogol, pp782). The apparition wore huge mustaches, was a symbol of the people that took Akaky overcoat in the first place, and this suggests that
An example of this is Arthur “Boo” Radley, a recluse, who is rarely seen outside since his childhood. Rumors flew about him among the town’s children. In the beginning of the novel, Scout explains the various superstitions associated with him: on dark nights, he peeped through people’s windows, flowers froze because he had breathed on them, and fruits and nuts that came from trees near the Radley house were poisonous. These notions cause Radley to be seen as a sort of phantom or ghost in Scout’s mind, similar to the Boogeyman. Scout eventually discovers that Radley’s behavior was not of his own volition, but rather due to a cruel and abusive father, and learns to see things from his perspective.
For example, the villagers would throw rocks at the monster to make him leave. This reaction made the monster feel even more terrible. First impressions are still a great part of society as well as the instant judgment on someone. Another example in todays society, someone could be driving around town and see an African-American male in a fancy care, the first thing that they could think of is that this man has stole someone 's car. This is an example of a common stereotype.