What Is Boo Radley's Point Of View In To Kill A Mockingbird

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This chapter focuses on the narrator’s point of view, description of the town, and how the town was formed. The story begins with the narrator, Scout, a daughter of the Finch’s family. Scout talks to the minds of the audiences through an adult-like voice and with a mature viewpoint since now she is older and telling herself about her childhood. She starts with telling how the Finch’s family has landed on this land near the Alabama River. While describing the Alabama, the narrator mentions the town they live in that is called Maycomb, “Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, and the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was …show more content…
In these chapters, the event of Boo Radley defines the title of the book when Boo Radley, much similar to a small mockingbird, is killed emotionally by his religious parents. Boo was born as a happy child, unlike any normal child, but as he grows up, his religious father locks him inside the house because of the family’s religion. The children around the town always act up the story of Boo, showing that they are not scared of Boo. It also reveals the children’s minds are innocent, and that they are not realizing that they are doing something that might hurt Boo’s emotions. In this game, the children act up as Boo’s family, and each plays a specific role for one of Boo’s family members. " 'So that 's what you were doing, wasn 't it? ' 'Makin ' fun of him? ' 'No," said Atticus, "Putting his life 's history on display for the edification of the neighborhood. ' Jem seemed to swell a little. 'I didn 't say we were doin ' that, I didn 't say it! ' Atticus grinned dryly. 'You just told me, ' he said. 'You stop this nonsense right now, every one of you. '" [pg. 49] This quote not only reveals deeply Atticus’s characteristic - justice, but it also shows how the story of Boo’s life is just a legend or a tale, and no one around the town actually knows the real problem. While the children are playing, a laughter inside the Radley’s house appeals to the children, and to me, this is probably the laugh of Boo since he is a sad child that can’t go around town like other children. Although this might not be true about Boo’s life, but when he sees this, it doesn’t make him mad when someone making fun of him because he is so bored in the house that he thinks this is an entertainment. Miss Maudie Atkinson appears in these three chapters as an old woman who loves the nature. She is very passionate about her garden. She is an easy going person by letting the children play on her yard with a few rules. Scout, the

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