Through his kindness, love and devotion to the children, he saves their lives and teaches them an invaluable lesson. Near the end of the novel, on their way home from a pageant, the children are attacked by Bob Ewell. Ewell, with full intention to kill the children, is stopped and killed by Boo Radley. The rescuing of the children is seen as an act of courage and strength, which truly distinguishes Radley as the hero of the novel. It is at this point, that Scout finally understands that Radley's intentions were not evil but good. Through his act of heroism, Radley is accepted as a friend. “Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbours give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad” (Lee 278). This is a very special realization for Scout; she acknowledges Radley's good nature and kindness. She realizes that Radley had given them their lives, the most important gift of all. Radley has indeed found a place in the children's hearts, and through his natural goodness he comes out as the true hero of To Kill a Mockingbird.
. Through many fundamental stages in the novel, the character of Boo Radley is slowly unraveled depicting his true self. As negative first impressions undergo a metamorphosis,