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Who Is Jem Misjudged In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In To Kill a Mockingbird there were many characters who were misjudged such as Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, and even Calpernia but the character who was most misjudged was Boo (Arthur) Radley because of the incident that he had with his father as a child, which was when people started viewing him as a monster when in reality he wasn’t. Flash back several years before Scout and Jem were even born, Boo Radley liked to hang out with the Cunningham's, who weren't the best group to hang around with, but he did. They ended up doing some not so good stuff, they were charged for " disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, assault and battery, and using abusive and profane language in the presence and hearing of a female." So right there people started…show more content…
When things happened in the town, they blamed Boo for it. For instance, " when people's azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them." No matter what the situation was, he was the one to blame. Even Jem, who has never seen him, was judging Boo because of all the rumors that the town people said about him, like how Jem says he "dines on raw squirrels and any cat he can catch." He even goes on to say how he looks like, "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." Even though Jem has never seen Boo Radley, he's convinced that Boo is this monster-like- person. Not to mention, what happened with Miss Stephanie Crawford, Jem retells the story that Miss Stephanie told him and Scout and says," she woke up in the middle of the night one time and saw him looking straight through the window at her.." Based on what people have said about Boo; Jem, Scout and Dill all believed it. They don’t realize that he's actually a good person because they're so convinced that he's a…show more content…
For instance, when Jem, Scout and Dill were trying to see if they could get Boo out of his house but instead were almost shot at by his brother, Nathan, Jem's pants got torn and left behind he comes back to find them " sewed up" like something "he'd try to do." Just waiting for him to come and pick them up. Another time Boo was generous was when Miss Maudie's house caught on fire and Scout was waiting out the cold and didn’t even realize that she had the blanket until her dad pointed it out. Atticus says, "'We'd better keep this and the blanket to ourselves. Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up.' 'Thank who?' I asked. 'Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you.'" Boo really isn't as he seems but the event that will really show it all was when Scout and Jem were attacked by Bob Ewell and Boo comes to save them. He risked his own life to save Scout from death. "Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good- luck pennies, and our lives." Scout says. Although many people from Malcom portrayed Boo Radley as a monster, he saves Jem and Scout lives and Scout is forever
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