Scout realized he did that because many people were afraid that he would hurt them. Boo is not sociable, Many people say that he is a creepy, old, unhappy man. Scout later realizes that he is not mean and that he is generous. Boo finds ways to treat the kids in many different ways. He is a very kind man towards Scout and Jem.
In the beginning, they know him only by rumors and stories, then as being frightening and mysterious, and eventually by coming to realize that he is a very different person than they had figured him to be. At first, Boo Radley was viewed by Jem and Scout only by what they had heard from Rumors and Stories. One of the early stories they heard, having to do with Boo stabbing his own father in the knee with a scissors, gave them a strange intake on Boo. According to Boo’s father though, Boo Radley wasn’t
For the children, Boo Ridley became a legend about a terrifying monster that never left house. They conversed among themselves about the "monster",and the two boys even acted out Boo 's untrue history. They 've heard simply untrue rumors about Boo Radley, just like how I heard rumors about Mr. Cash. However, as they grew older and the story progressed towards the trial, Boo Radley was no longer on the minds of the children. But towards the end, Boo reemerges as hero that saves Jem and Scout.
Portrayed as an inhumanly and malevolent being when in reality the desire for social interaction burns within his nature but is cut off due to an agoraphobic state, Boo Radley is conflicted in terms of reaching out and socializing with his neighbors Scout and Jem Finch. This can be concluded throughout Part One of, “To Kill a Mockingbird” as Boo demonstrates forms of communication and the urge for interaction. These acts consist of Boo stabbing his father, the displacement of tree treats, and the blanket he set on Scout. Each of these help to develop an idea that he’s become exhausted of being cooped up indoors and instead wants to break free from this restraint. Thus, in Harper Lee’s, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Boo yearns for social interaction with the Finch children.
The readers can see a great change in their relationship. At the beginning, the children cannot even go near Boo’s place without palpitation, but at the end, Scout is comfortable enough to walk Boo up to his front porch. Throughout the novel, Scout has changed her view of Boo after a chain of Boo’s actions toward her. As Scout grows older, she becomes wiser to understand her father’s lesson, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it ” (39). Her father says this at the beginning, but till the end, thanks to the maturity combined with Boo’s actions that help Scout to understand it.
“Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from and who they are.” This quote from Penelope Lively explains how the children got to know Boo Radley throughout the story. During the story the children have a neighbor named Boo Radley and they want to get to know him but they don’t quite know what to think of him. They have heard several different things that he has The relationship between Boo Radley and the children in “To Kill a Mockingbird” changed throughout the story by them being afraid of him, wanting to see him and get to know him and finally becoming “friends” with him. In the beginning of the story the children are afraid of Boo Radley. They hear different things that make him think he is a different person than he really is.
Boo Radley is a huge component in the storyline, his importance leading to the large resolution at the end of the novel. Boo being held up in his house for many years, causing lack of maturity and growing up, has him manage to maintain his childlike innocence. Especially when he finally meets Scout and asks, “”Will you take me home?” He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark” (Lee 319). His child voice and being afraid definitely show a form of innocence in Boo. He never had many experiences outside of the house, so he acts as if he was still the child he was before he stayed in that house for so long.
Although, towards the end of the book Jem speaks to Scout about Boo Radley. Jem says "I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time...it's because he wants to stay inside" (Lee 139). The quote exemplifies the fact that Boo Radley is a social outcast in Maycomb. Coupled with, the fact that he is a Mockingbird. However, he is a social outcast because he is a mockingbird.
Scout puts herself in Boo Radley’s shoes when Jem tells Scout that he finally realized why Boo Radley might have stayed in his house for so long. She also puts herself in his shoes when Boo Radley wants to see Jem, but does notknow how to comfort him so she says he can pet him. Another time Scout puts herself in Boo Radley’s shoes was at the very end when she was standing on the Radley porch and going back through her memories through Boo’s perspective. “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.
In the beginning of the book Stephanie Crawford, the town gossiper, justifies that she knows everything about Boo Radley. Scout and Jem are frightened by Boo Radley because of all the stories they have heard. Scout is terrified of the Radley place and calls Boo, a “malevolent phantom.” According to Miss Stephanie Crawford, Boo Radley was sitting in the living room cutting some items from the newspaper and when Mr. Radley had passed by him, Boo drove the scissors into his leg. 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.