Boo Radley is a mysterious recluse who was known for being a delinquent as a teenager. Many people in Maycomb believed the fabrications made about Boo because he isolated himself, a predilection that was unacceptable in Maycomb (Lee 11). The town created a fictitious profile of Boo and misjudged him. In the beginning of the novel, Boo Radley was portrayed as a monster that sparked the interest of Scout and Jem as they made various attempts to try to get Boo to leave his house. As the novel progresses, Scout and Jem realized that “Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time … because he wants to stay inside" (Lee 304).
Boo Radley, an innocent man who hasn’t been seen in years, is someone who is significantly affected by these stereotypes. This is displayed in the quote,“Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him” (Lee 9). Boo Radley is derived to be an evil person even though very few, if any, people have ever seen him. The people of Maycomb place stereotypes on him from stories and allow their imagination to make false accusations.
Boo Radley had been kept in isolation for so long, he didn’t know how to communicate or socialise properly. He has been misunderstood as a malevolent person, when he actually is a benevolent person. He displays this when he put a blanket around Scout, whilst she and Jem watched the fire. As readers, we are shown social prejudice by the assumptions made about the Radley’s. Another example of social prejudice is the
He thinks Boo is just a crazy person, who only comes out at night, hunts animals and peeks through people window. Jem has certain stigmas surrounding two of the fearful figures in his life, Mrs. Dubose and Boo Radley. Jem is very naive in his young age and easily becomes swayed by rumors around Boo Radley. The rumors outline Boo Radley to be a “malevolent phantom” who hides in the shadows of their town. He is thought to stalk people through windows and cut them up with scissors.
In To Kill A Mockingbird Boo Radley is a man who always stays shut up inside of his house which causes many rumors about him to be spread around the town. For instance, at the end of chapter 14 it’s stated “Dill?”/ “Mm?”/ “Why do you reckon Boo Radley’s never run off?”/ Dill sighed a long sigh and turned away from me./ “Maybe he doesn 't have anywhere to run off to…” This shows how Boo Radley is emotionally struggling because people always are assuming things about him that can cause him to feel uncomfortable around others. At the end of the book Boo Radley acts afraid of everything like when it says “Will You take me home?’ He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark.”
Boo is shy and reserved to himself, he doesn’t leave his house and he’s still judged as a monster under false accusations. Boo is passionate about observing. I say this because Boo doesn’t leave his house he observes from inside and stays aware of the things happening around him. Staying in his house away from people and observing is just Boo Radleys way of life. “Having been so accustomed to his absence , I found it incredible that he had been sitting beside me all this time, present.’
To Kill a Mockingbird On a rainy day, a man at the bus stop asks for change. The two choices are walking past him avoiding eye contact, or giving him the change with a smile. Before even talking to this man, one may have already made the assumption that he is homeless or a drug addict wanting to buy his next high. But assumptions cannot accurately explain who he is or why he needs money.
“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” (George Eliot). Well, Boo Radley was judged ever since Jem Finch said something about him. Boo was thought to be somewhat of a person that was more of a devil. However, because all of the fantasies that the people may or may not have made up, the reader never could get a feeling of what Boo Radley was really like. Halfway through the book, you finally get a hint that Boo was not really the evil person that was described.
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…..”
Boo Radley never harmed anyone, but was victimized by the social prejudice of the Maycomb community. Although not established until the end of the novel, Boo Radley is set up to be the last discovered symbolic character for the image of the mockingbird. Harper Lee has done this to illustrate all points of injustice in the 1930s societal town of Maycomb, where rumours and old tales define Boo's life story rather than his authentically generous heart and personality. During the concluding chapter of the novel, Scout comes to the realization that blaming Boo for Bob Ewell's death would be "sort of like shootin' a mockingbird." Boo does many kind-hearted things in the novel such as leaving gifts in the knot-hole for Scout and Jem, repairing Jem's pants, putting the blanket on Scout discretely in order to keep her warm, and even saving them from the evil Bob Ewell.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are both symbolized as the mockingbird. The first person who was inferred as a mockingbird was Boo Radley. Boo Radley is recognized as one of the mockingbirds of the story because he has not done anything horrible. Scout talks to Miss Maudie about the rumors she has heard about Boo and Miss Maudie says that he has not done any of those rumors. The only other person who claims she has seen Boo doing something bad was Miss Stephanie who has a very big mouth.
In the quiet town of Maycomb during the Great Depression, two mockingbirds fly closer to the river than anyone else. Boo Radley, a man who lives in the darkness, and Tom Robinson, a man with dark skin. In the the story ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, the mockingbird is a symbol, represented by Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, because it shows how judging others based on appearance can be harmful to the person who is being criticized. Boo Radley is a man whose pureness was robbed because of the way people thought of him throughout the novel.
This family isn’t treated fairly because of the gossip which has been spread about them. Boo (formally Arthur) Radley is thought to be a terrible man who sneaks around at night, looking in neighbor’s windows, spying on everyone. Every crime committed in Maycomb is said to be Boo’s work. “People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows…”
Throughout the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by Harper Lee, the readers can see how Scout changes her view about Boo Radley. Because of their nosiness, Jem, Scout, and Dill try to drag Boo out his house and to the outside world. Their innocent actions combined with Boo’s actions changed the image of Boo, in their minds, from “a malevolent phantom” (10), a person who kills cats and eats squirrels to a neighbor they can trust, who saves them from Bob Ewell. Scout says at the end, “Boo was our neighbor” (373). The readers can see a great change in their relationship.
One person is Boo Radley is like a mockingbird because people gossip about him all the time. He has done many actions when was a kid and adult. When he was a kid he got into the wrong crowd and went the closes thing was a gang in Maycomb. He did many actions that were considered very bad in the town like swearing in front of ladies and drinking before the appropriate age. Also, he has done actions in his adult that have not been seen by witnesses like when e does not come out of the house at all.