Boo Radley's Dichotomy

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Batman is one of the greatest examples of a superhero in comic book and cinematic history. The Dark Knight’s unmatched show of stoic diligence, perseverance, and courage has earned him a memorable place in the hearts of many. However, there are also other, less well-known heroes; they are Atticus and Boo of the gothic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Atticus Finch is the unwavering moral compass that guides the reader and his children to the path of righteousness while Boo Radley is the silent guardian; a dark knight.
The dichotomy between imagination and reality is sometimes bent and inflected, resulting from the assumption of perception as actual reality. And this is the case for Boo Radley and Batman. In the beginning of the
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He was there in the shadows silently watching over them, ready to protect them. "We’d better keep this and the blanket to ourselves. Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up" (Lee 96). As Scout was standing frozen, watching Miss Maudie’s house burn down, Boo Radley comes to warm her up and protect her from the elements by placing a blanket around her shoulder without her knowing. This similar to how Batman presides over Gotham and how he is its silent protector. Likewise, Boo finally fulfills the prophecy by saving Jem and Scout from a Bob Ewell, who seeks retribution on Atticus by trying to kill Atticus’s children. Whereas, Batman saves Gotham from the League of Shadow, who wishes to destroy the city to end its corruption and rebuild it. Interestingly, Bob Ewell wishes to enforce the traditional values of society of white supremacy while the League of Shadows wishes to destroy society as a whole as means to purge corruption and start another cycle of rebirth . However, Boo Radley and Batman start to differ, both may be vigilantes, but one is willing to kill while the other is not. Boo stabs and kills Mr. Ewell in order to protect Jem and Scout. On the other hand, Batman refuses to kill as he believes that in his own mind that to kill is to fall to the level of villains like the Joker and Bane. He learns from himself and indirectly from his former mentor Ra’s Al Ghul, that compassion is what separates and differentiates them from the villains and criminals of society. “I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you”(Batman Begins); were his final words to his former mentor and teacher Ra’s Al Ghul as he left the train before its explosion. Al Ghul was a genocidal terrorist that wishes to destroy civilization in order to rebuild it, Batman could not leave Al Ghul alive without risking serious consequences such as endangering the lives of many others, so given

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