Boo Radely Essay

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Harper Lee uses the characterization of Boo Radley to emphasize the murder of innocene in Maycomb County. Boo Radley is an innocent man who is misunderstood as a lunatic. Harper Lee included Boo in this work to contrast and show the ugly and immoral side of Maycomb County. By doing this, she shows that Boo, himself is a mockingbird like many others in this novel. Boo, like many others, is a mockingbird. Mockingbirds are best explained by Miss Maudie when she says, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. […], they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." Like mockingbirds, Boo is a innocent man who does nothing but tries to help people. He gives gifts to Jem and Scout, stitches Jem’s pants and he also saves the kids from Bob Ewell. But, like mockingbirds, Boo is killed (metaphorically) and turned into a pale ghost who never leaves his house. There is also another way to look at Boo’s mockingbird representation. Boo is innocently killed by the words of the townspeople. Even though, many of the townspeople have never actually seen Boo, they still make rumors about him. Like the one made by Jem, “Boo was about six and a half feet tall […], he dined on raw squirrels and on any cats he could catch […]. There was a long jagged scar that ran along his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped and he drooled most of the time.” (Harper (16)). Even though none of these things are true, they were still said about him. He was a innocent man that was killed by the words of the uninformed people of the
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