Boo Radley Character

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Arthur “Boo” Radley is a very unique and misunderstood character throughout the beginning of To Kill A Mockingbird novel by Harper Lee, as he is not stated quite often during chapters 1 to 9. Many people can sometimes be misunderstood in certain aspects, such as beliefs, thought, actions, etc., including me. Many new people that know, your brain automatically judges him based on his looks, before even knowing his name. Through Boo Radley’s innocence, courage, and thoughtfulness, he saves Jem and Scout Finch at the end of the novel To Kill A Mockingbird.

Boo Radley is a role model of innocence. However, Boo is locked away in his house, misunderstood to be a ‘monster’ (Lee, 14). His innocence shows in many parts of the novel, a well-known part
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He is very thoughtful in many occasions, one of them being when he hand sows Jem’s ripped up pants, to save Jem from getting in trouble with Atticus for lying. When Scout and Jem go and try to find Jem’s pants, Scout says “When I went back, they were folded across the they were expectin' me...And somethin else--Jem's voice was flat. Show you when we get home. They'd been sewed up. Not like a lady sewed 'em, like somethin' I'd try to do. All crooked” (Lee, 64). This shows how Boo is very thoughtful of Boo hand sewing Jem’s pants after they got caught on the fence and ripped, which also shows that Boo is always watching Scout and Jem, to help them if in need, as shown. Another thoughtful action that Boo did was giving Scout and Jem small presents in the knot hole, including “He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies” (Lee, 307). Boo used to place small present in the knot hole for Jem and Scout to pick up every day on their way back home from school, which shows that he is thoughtful of them, and cares for them. This quote also shows that he wants to communicate with the ‘outside world’.

Even though Boo Radley is locked away in his house does not mean he can be like us ‘normal people’, as he shows many humanly traits throughout Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. He shows innocence, courage and thoughtfulness. This analysis can teach us not only to judge a book by its cover, as Scout and

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