Psychological Analysis of Boo Radley-- to Kill a Mockingbird.

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I chose to do my psychological analysis on Arthur “Boo” Radley. In the beginning of the novel, he’s portrayed as a frightening monster, locked up in his house to protect the citizens of Maycomb, Alabama. We are given a clear picture as to how the town of Maycomb views Book Radley. He is described as a monstrous creature, locked up in his house for years on end. We’re told that he became acquainted with the wrong kind of people as a teenager and locked Mr. Conner in an outhouse to resist arrest for disturbing the peace. Instead of being sent to a state school, Mr. Radley takes him home; Boo was hidden away for 15 years.

We’re then told that after those first 15 years, Boo Radley stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors.
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Loosely translated, this means that Boo Radley is a mockingbird. He is, in general, a kindhearted compassionate person, shown by the gifts he gave to Jem and Scout, and how much he obviously cared for them. But he was shot down by his community because he was a little different from the other people in society. If my theory that he’s mentally disabled is true, he has done nothing of his own consciousness to hurt anyone. He was nothing if not friendly to Jem and Scout, two of the only people that we’re ever told that tries to contact him. Boo gave them gifts; he covered Scout up during the fire; he saved the children’s lives from the real monster, Bob Ewell. But because of social intolerance and injustice of society, he was pegged as an evil creature and the topic of horror stories told to small children. As one of the mockingbirds in the story, along with Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch, he was gossiped about and mocked while he was only trying to reach out to someone, to have someone as a friend. He finds that in Scout, who sees him as a human being and not the creature that Maycomb paints him as.

In conclusion, Atticus says to get into someone’s skin and walk around in it to try to understand where they’re coming from. That’s what I’ve tried to do in this paper, putting myself in Boo Radley’s shoes as if he was, as my theory says, mentally disabled. For a person to be shut up inside his entire life with no friends or inner contacts,

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