How Does Harper Lee Present Boo Radley and the Radley Family In Chapters 1-8 Of “To Kill A Mockingbird” In Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” Boo Radley is presented as a “malevolent phantom” this is a very powerful statement, made by the people of Maycomb. This creates the reader to become very aware of Boo, as the reader is led to believe that Boo is evil. Lee is able to create this image in the readers mind, because “malevolent phantom” is said as a fact that people just learn to accept. This creates a very mysterious atmosphere for the reader, because the words “malevolent phantom” accentuates the view that Boo Radley is evil, and malicious. By using this phrase, Lee encourages us to view Boo as a strange, intimidating man, whom you would feel uncomfortable and intimidated if faced with.
This quote shows the people’s impression of Boo and how they affect the childrens in the book. A day came when they were acting out Boo’s life and Atticus says, “that you never really understand a person until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (36). Boo teaches Scout and Jem not to judge a person based on rumors because later in the book, they find out that Boo is not this evil person as the society perceives but he is an innocent and kind person, symbolic of a mockingbird. Boo also teaches Jem and Scout a major theme of the book which is that it's terrible to do harm to an innocent person as Atticus would say, “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird.” At the end of the book, when Tate and Atticus are hiding the case of Boo killing Bob, Scout reminds Atticus that charging Boo with murder would be, “Like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?”(276) It refers back to when Atticus told them it’s a sin to kill mockingbird because they don’t harm you. Boo is symbolic of a mockingbird because he didn’t do harm to anyone.
When people’s azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them. Any stealthy crimes committed in Maycomb were his work.” p.9 The young characters have an initial interest in the mystery of Boo and begin to obsess about it by attempting to communicate with Boo, and make a game out of the rumours that circulate about the Radley family. This curiosity fades by the end of the texts as they actually meet Boo himself. Jem and Scout both show signs of growing up, understanding that Boo isn’t harmful at all. For example, in the novel when Scout discovers the stranger who saved her was Boo, Harper Lee uses language and points within the narrative structure to show how Scout’s previous
After seeing the unfair destruction of Tom Robinson, Jem now wants to protect the fragile and harmless. Arthur ”Boo” Radley A recluse who never sets foot outside his house, Boo dominates the imaginations of Jem, Scout, and Dill. An intelligent child emotionally damaged by his cruel father, Boo
Atticus takes it into his responsibility to protect someone he knows is an innocent, and he does it even though Tom’s a different color. Another theme was people often fear what they don’t understand. Throughout this story, Scout and her brother Jem try to find out about Boo Radley, Boo and his family were the outcasts of Maycomb. There were rumors of Boo, that he was crazy and locked up in the basement. Scout and Jem always tried to fool around by the Radley house, trying to see what he looks like.
His sense of justice was stronger than his fear for himself, so he sat with Tom, prepared to defend him from whoever would punish him for a crime he didnt commit.Another example of courage was when Boo Radley rescued Jem and Scout. He was stuck inside the house for years, but when he saw his children being attacked he left his house and did what he needed to do to save them. Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird shows how
Boo is seen as someone to fear, the children are scared of him and they make up games about him. They play a game of dare which scout and gem have to get nearest to boo’s house. Boo Radley cares for the children by leaving treasures and mending their clothes. This reassures the children by killing for them and showing effecting towards the children As the story unravels the fear the children have of boo radley develops into a understanding that boo is a delicate creature. Scots first day at school – if I didn’t have to stay id leave, jem that damn lady says that attics been teaching me to read and for him to stop it.
"Boo was about six and a half feet tall, judging him from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands are blood-stained - if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was 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." (To Kill a Mockingbird, p.13). The children test his boundaries as well as their own imaginations by constructing the image. It adds to the game and encourages Jem and Scout to develop distinctions for their boundaries.
For example in the novel Author Radley is thought of as an evil man that eats rats and even children. Soon to find out that Radley is not evil but he is a nice guy. He is appeared as a bad guy because of hid cruel father that drastically scared him for life. During the novel Boo Radley leaves Scout, Jem and their friend Dill presents in a tree. Then later on he saves the kids’ when they about to be stabbed to death by a mad man plotting revenge against their father.
The coexistence of good and evil are portrayed as having both good qualities and bad qualities. This is explored in the book with characters such as Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley who is perceived as bad, right until the very end of the book when Scout finally sees ‘Boo’ as a real person. “when they finally saw him, why he hadn’t done any of those things... Atticus, he was real nice…’ (Lee, 1960, pg. 307) This quote is actually Scout implying her views on Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley, growing from her innocence and realising that he is a good person. Bob Ewell, a character who had committed multiple crimes including beating his daughter, convicting a man for a crime he did not do and his attempt to harm Jem and Scout.
Stories went around about him, discriminating and degrading him, causing Boo to stay in his house and out of the public eye. Spreading the rumors about Boo was destroying his innocence. But as we read more of the novel, we see through Scout’s eyes that Boo is a lonely, gentle man. Boo leaves Jem and Scout treasures in the knothole of the tree in his yard. Boo covers Scout with a blanket while she stood outside in the snow watching Miss Maudie’s house burn down.
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.
They decided upon saying that Ewell fell on his own knife not due to fears that Boo Radley would be convicted of murder, but because "It is a sin to kill a mockingbird". That is, metaphorically speaking, Tom's innocence would be destroyed by "throwing a man who has done this town a great service into the spotlight regardless of his shy ways" as Tate puts it, adding that "all the women in town including Tate's wife would be going over and giving Boo cakes and thank yous no matter how much he just wants to be left alone." Mayella Violet Ewell Mayella Violet Ewell is Tom Robinson's
Killing them is pointless, cruel, and a sin. The mockingbirds of the story are; Tom Robinson, Jem and Scout, and Boo Radley as the biggest mockingbird of them all. Also, I think that Mr. Robert Ewell is the one that tries to kill the mockingbirds. Ewell literally tries to kill Jem and Scout. That’s why their mockingbirds.
He is a good, well-mannered man; he is helpful, and polite, even when he is at court, and people are lying about him. Another very prominent mockingbird is Boo Radley. No one in Maycomb has seen him since he was a boy, because he has been locked in his house. So no one really knows what he does. Whenever something happens in Maycomb, they blame Boo Radley for it, and even if they find out what really happened, they still blame him.
Christian Bokich English 2 To Kill A Mockingbird Unit Project Dear Friend, One person that affected my life was Boo Radley. He brought wonder, fear and then finally relief to my heart. At first kids thought he was evil. He was said to eat "raw squirrels and any cats he could catch". Scout and companions tried to meet Arthur (Boo) and get over their fear of him.
To kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Throughout the book, character like Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Jem and Mr. Raymond can be likened to mockingbirds. They are innocents that have been hurt or destroyed through contact with evil. The connection between the title and its main theme is made clear many times throughout the novel. For example, after Tom Robinson is shot, Mr Underwood compares his death to “the senseless slaughter of songbirds”, and at the end Scout thinks that hurting Boo Radley would be like “shootin’ a mockingbird”.
From the very start of the novel, Boo Radley is made out to be almost a monster of sorts. When provoked to agitate Boo, Jem says to Dill, “’I hope you’ve got it through your head that he’ll kill us each and every one, Dill Harris,’ said Jem, when we joined him. Don’t blame me when he gouges your eyes out…’” (Lee 17). In a town where the social conventions are law, Boo’s introverted ways are alien to the townsfolk. It is the unknown of which they are afraid, and it’s because of this fear that they spread rumors and tell tales of Boo, in order to frighten their children into staying away and making him into some sort of “malevolent phantom” (Lee 10).
The lack of truth leads them to make up stories and believe that Boo Radley really is a “phantom.” Atticus is one of the only reliable sources available to Scout and Jem regarding Boo Radley. He has the discernment and knowledge that the children lack, and he hopes to show them a new perspective. The contrast of the childrens’ judgment and his acceptance adds a dynamic element to fear. Boo Radley being normal is so far an idea from what the children know they refuse to believe it. They are scarred to believe it.
Boo Radley represents innocence in the novel. His cruel father strips his childhood and freedom away from him as he spends most of his life behind walls. As a result, the county makes up malicious stories about him. This is evident when Scout says what she has grown to know about Boo “Inside that house lives a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him.