Analysis Of Lee 's ' Boo Radley ' Essay

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"You never truly understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around," said Atticus effectively summarizing the difficulty of understanding Boo Radley (Lee 30). Because of his reclusive nature, it was impossible for Maycomb 's citizens to understand Boo Radley. His isolation from society resulted in the total development of his character to come from outsiders until his appearance at the end of To Kill a Mockingbird. As a result, although not physically present for most of the novel, Harper Lee effectively involves his presence through mysterious and thrilling rumors fabricated by the townspeople. This leads to a stark contrast between the person the townspeople create Boo to be and the character he truly is. Boo Radley, who saves two mockingbirds, has elements of an urban legend, and of a gothic character, but he is also a hero in the novel.
Boo Radley is first introduced in the novel using elements of an urban legend. Because of the small town setting of To Kill a Mockingbird, rumors were quickly circulated throughout the town, often with the intent to warn neighbors of possible danger. The Radley family isolated themselves from society, a very uncommon occurrence in Maycomb, where doors were always open for neighbors. This caused the Radley’s to be viewed as different than well standing families, and, in a time period where social standings defined what characters were destined to become, they were…

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