To Kill A Mockingbird Ostracized Character Analysis

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Harper Lee’s Portrayal of Ostracized Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat. Most human beings have a fear of what they do not understand. They sometimes discriminate against others because of things like racial, appearance and cultural differences, and a lack of knowledge to truly judge the individual. Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird shows that people may be ostracized by others because of fear, lack of understanding or differences. This is evident through how the three characters of Tom Robinson, Dolphus Raymond and Arthur “Boo” Radley were excluded by society. The people of Maycomb were scared of the black population because they were different from them on the outside but…show more content…
Arthur “Boo” Radley, is the most glaring outsider in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Boo Radley is a man who had some problems with the law when he was a teenager. Ever since then, his father kept him in the house. Readers never encounter Boo throughout the whole novel until the final chapters. They do hear plenty of rumours though from characters in the novel, building an aura of mystery and fear around Boo. The themes that Arthur Radley brings out include fear, compassion & forgiveness and youth. It brings out the theme of fear because the citizens of Maycomb are all scared of Boo and gossip and tell rumors about him like “Radley pecans would kill you” (Lee 11), “A baseball hit into the Radley yard was a lost ball and no questions asked” (Lee 11), “People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped into windows” (Lee 10), “When people’s azalea’s froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them” (Lee 10) and “Any stealthy small crimes in Maycomb were his work” (Lee 10). The portrayal of Arthur Radley reveals the theme of compassion & forgiveness because at the beginning Scout and Jem think Boo is a “malevolent phantom” (Lee 10) and later in the novel they begin to realize that Arthur is a really good person and he just wants to help out. Jem realizes this when he says, “…he ain’t ever harmed us, he ain’t ever hurt us, he coulda cut my throat from ear to ear that night but he tried to mend my pants instead” (Lee 96). Jem and Scout learn to show compassion for Boo and understand he was leaving them stuff in the tree, covered Scout with a blanket, fixed Jem’s pants and saved their lives. Another theme that Boo Radley’s portrayal brings out is youth. Scout learns an important lesson about stepping into another person’s skin and walking around in it near the end of the book on the Radley front porch. She understands what Boo must have been looking at all these years through his front window. Scout expresses
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