American physicist and author Lester Levenson once said, “Until we become fully free, we put up a false front, a facade, to others for the purpose of winning the acceptance and approval of others” (“Lester Levenson Quote”). Leverson’s profound words resonate within both people and fictional characters, such as those in the acclaimed novel To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, told through the eyes of a young child, Scout Finch, is the story of a family living in the Great Depression stricken American South during the 1930s. While those around her reflect the racist and prejudiced views of their society, Scout and her brother Jem are raised by their father Atticus to not conform to these beliefs. Although a minority, the …show more content…
After getting in trouble for typical rebellious adolescent behavior, Boo Radley has rarely been seen outside of his house. The mystery surrounding him makes others in the town intrigued about the “malevolent phantom” that “went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows” (Lee 10-11). Due to a combination of children’s imaginations and the variety of rumors spread throughout the town, people assumed Boo Radley was “about six-and-a-half feet tall” with “a long jagged scar that ran across his face” and “what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 16). The people of Maycomb were not accustomed to people who differed from them in any way and any minor difference could make them an outcast. When “The shutters and doors of the Radley house were closed on Sundays, another thing alien to Maycomb’s ways”, it was recognized as unusual and it further enhanced the beliefs that Boo Radley was a ‘monster’. It was rumored that Boo Radley was getting his ‘revenge’, so “ every scratch of feet on gravel was Boo Radley” and “every passing Negro laughing in the night was Boo Radley loose and after us” (Lee 74). Society, unfamiliar to recluses, could not justify his actions to be isolated. The narrow-mindedness of society propels people to believe any excuse that explains the differences in people. Lee uses Boo Radley to show the contrast that exists between the fabricated images of people and their true selves. The rumors of Boo Radley created an image of an insane, non-human creature to disguise the goodness of his true self that was misunderstood through his ways of living. Anytime Scout faced danger, Boo Radley protected her and the others from any harm. When Miss Maudie’s house caught on fire and the children were outside in the middle of the night, when “‘[Scout was] so busy looking at the fire [she] didn’t even know it when he
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Yet they still view him as a mysterious figure. Scout recalls, “... crimes committed... were his work... although the culprit was Crazy Addie... people still looked at the Radley Place, unwilling to discard their initial suspicions.” (13) Scout’s remembrance of how the people were “unwilling to discard” their assumptions even when they knew that Boo was not the criminal shows Maycomb’s prejudice. Scout’s recollection not only foreshadows further intolerance in the community but also shows a perspective from young and innocent member, and how she follows the beliefs of the adults.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, main characters Scout and Jem Finch show a major change in their perspective towards Arthur Radley. Arthur Radley, also known as ‘Boo’, is a young man who is never seen out of his house. His mysterious behavior sparks the kids curiosity towards him. At the beginning of the novel, the children are terrified of Boo. Their minds are filled with stories and rumors that have been passed around the little town.
1st 8 sentence paragraph Arthur Radley better known as Boo is described as two totally different personalities from the beginning to the end of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. For instance Jem explains to Dill that “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch that’s why his hands were bloodstained” (Lee 13). Jem believed that Boo was a made up myth or “Boogie Man”. Though his description was out of the ordinary it showed that Jem thought of Boo as a big scary man who eats animals.
Everybody in Maycomb thought that Boo and his family were strange and scary. Nobody knew who they were because nobody talked to them or nobody invited them into their house. When Boo Radley saves Jem her life, Scout soon realises that Boo Radley is just a folk like her and there was no need to be afraid of him. Like Atticus tells
Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. ”(279). Scout uses her imagination to try and view all the past events that have occurred through Boo’s eyes. When she does this she realizes that Boo isn’t a bad person at all, he is actually kind of like a guardian angel. Boo Radley’s character proves a great point that we should never judge or assume things about another person that we know nothing
Rumors are a big part of reality and they are a major theme in To Kill A Mockingbird. The rumors in the story are what makes the story because they are the basis for plot elements such as the personification of the Radley House and Tom Robinson’s trial. Many characters like Scout and Dolphus Raymond are explained through the rumors that go around in the town. Rumors are expressed throughout the novel as a way to teach the reader a lesson about believing what you hear. Harper Lee conveys this theme and lesson through Scout’s experiences regarding the trial.
Decide how the relationship between Scout and Boo Radley evolves providing sufficient evidence In ‘To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Scout develops a strange relationship with a mysterious character, Boo Radley. Scout, Jem, and Dill are interested in Boo Radley because of the mystery that dominates around him and the Radley house. The town people poorly judge Boo Radley and hearing stories from Miss Stephanie Crawford frightens Scout and Jem. Although the relationship starts out as fear and mystery, as time passes, Scout begins to realize that Boo isn’t the monster they described him as, he is rather a nice and caring person.
Boo Radley, a prevalent, although often unseen, character in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, was no exception. Throughout the novel, rumors and lies altered the public perception of Boo Radley. Very often, these rumors propagated, as they were distorted further
Sometimes people are pre-judged by who they are perceived to be based on stereotypes. In the classic, To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee expressed the story about Scout, Jem, and Atticus Finch who live in the southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. The Finch’s were faced with many obstacles from the prejudice society of Maycomb. Boo Radley, a mysterious man from the story, exemplifies the theme of “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” when the people in Maycomb stereotyped Boo for being a creepy man, until Scout and Jem saw how Boo cared for them, and why Boo remained hidden from the public for so many years. Boo Radley embodied the
Think you know Boo Radley? Boo Radley is a shy, mysterious character from Harper Lee’s: To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the book, Boo is thought of as a monster within the book’s setting of Maycomb county. He’s also know to be mentally ill and violent due to many stories about his past.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee many characters are victims of the harsh conditions of Maycomb County. Often those who are seen to be metaphorical mockingbirds are punished the most. A mockingbird is one who only wants and attempts to do good. Characters such as Boo Radley, Jem Finch and Tom Robinson are exemplars of mockingbirds in Maycomb. In the novel it is explained by Atticus that killing a mockingbird is a sin because they do not do anything to harm to us like nesting in corncribs, or eating up the gardens, they only sing for us.
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…..”
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.
In the literary works Night, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the “Rwandan Genocide,” many human rights outlined in “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” were violated. Night is an autobiography written by Elie Wiesel, who was a Jew that survived the Holocaust. He suffered in several different concentration camps, enduring the pain they inflicted. To Kill a Mockingbird is a historical fiction novel written in retrospect of fictional events. Scout, the narrator, is a young girl whose family is experiencing the Depression and segregation.