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What Is The Importance Of Boo Radley In The Story "To Kill A Mockingbird" By Harper Lee?

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Boo Radley is a subtle, yet very important character to the structure of the story of "To Kill A Mockingbird". We can learn a lot about him by regarding him from the viewpoint of several other characters in the book.His own family, the Radley family, are ashamed of him and disgraced by him. When Boo was involved in some 'antics' as a fifteen year old, Mr. Radley refused to send him to the state industrial school even though it wasn't considered a disgrace and was certainly better than prison. Mr. Radley instead kept him at home and didn't release him from his improvised prison. "....Mr. Radley's boy was not seen again for fifteen years." When the incident with the scissors came, and it was ...view middle of the document...

When the children tried to give Boo a note and Atticus caught them, he told them sternly and for about the last time to leave the man in peace and to stop playing the game that he had seen them playing.The children at the beginning of the book had a completely different image of Boo, as can readily be seen by the description of Boo that Jem gave Dill at the beginning: six and a half feet tall, bloodstained hands, a long jagged scar, etc. They saw him as a monster and anything bad that happened was blamed on him. For example, Walter Cunningham said that he almost died when he ate some pecan nuts from the ground - understandable as they had probably been lying there for a few days. However, his explanation was that Boo Radley had poisoned them and put them over the fence. Scout wasn't comfortable playing the game that Jem made up about the Radleys for two reasons: one, that she thought that Atticus wouldn't like it, and the second, that the time she rolled into the Radley front yard, she heard someone laughing softly inside the house.Stephanie Crawford, the town's main gossip spreader, adds to the portrayal of Boo as a 'bogey man' and gives the children first-hand information. She even told Maudie Atkinson once that she woke up in the middle of the night and found him staring at her. She shares the...

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