An Analysis Of Boo Radley In To Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

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"Shoot all the blue jays you want, but remember its a sin to kill a mocking bird" (Lee, To kill a mocking bird, 119). In To kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee, one of the main questions in the story is who is the mocking bird? Well, to be a mocking bird means to be helpful, innocent and do no harm. To kill a mocking bird is a sin because they are innocent and mean no harm. I think that Boo Radley is the mocking bird because he suffers from extreme Agoraphobia which means "extreme or irrational fear of crowded spaces or enclosed public places" (Oxford dictionary, Agoraphobia). Some people believe that Tom Robinson, Jem Finch, or even Mayella Ewell could be the mocking bird. Yes, they do have some reasonable arguments, but I still believe that …show more content…
Near the beginning of To Kill a Mocking Bird, many of the characters such as Jem, Scout and Dill. Are terrified of Boo Radley. They show they are afraid of him because on many occasions they tend to either run past the Radley house or take a longer route to avoid encountering the Radley house at all. "Dill said, 'You 're too scared event to put your big toe in the front yard ' Jem said he reckoned he wasn 't, he 'd passed the Radley place every school day of his life. 'Always runnin ', ' I said" (Lee, 16-17) The reason why they are scared of Boo is mainly because he is unknown to the kids. So all they have to go off of is rumours and false accusations, "According to miss Stephanie, Boo was sitting in the livingroom cutting some itenms from the maycomb tribune to paste in a scrapbook. His father entered the room. As Mr.Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent 's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities" (Lee, 13) Boo is more than shy, he is agoraphobic. So if he never comes out of the house, then that means that these accusations can 't be true. However, this does not prove he is innocent. Near the ending of the book To Kill a Mocking Bird, Jem and Scout are confronted and attacked by Bob Ewell. Jem and Scout would have both have been killed if it wern 't for Boo Radley killing Bob Ewell. So yes, Boo is a murderer, but it is for the right …show more content…
Through out the book, you see a dramatic change in Jem 's personality. Near the beginning of the book, Jem is still a child at the time. He would always be a bother to Boo Radley and judge Boo because of Rumours and false assumptions about Boo. He would often call scout names when she was scared to do an activity that Jem and Dill would do. As the story goes on, Jem gets older, he becomes more independent and mature. He becomes innocent. When Jem is attacked by Bob Ewell, this is Bob in a way killing a mocking bird. this is why some may believe that Jem could possibly be the mocking

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