The Significance Of Innocence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The Rogue of Maycomb
Subconsciously human’s conjures up a depiction of what is otherwise the unknown. Could be that the unknown is the embodiment of innocence but one will convince himself otherwise. Innocence is the lack of guilt or wrongdoing and thus is synonymous with Mockingbirds, who bring no harm to society rather sing their hearts out for anyone lucky enough to listen. In Harper lee’s, To kill A Mockingbird, the quiet and small town of Maycomb seems to constantly with rumors about a recluse by the name of Boo Radley. The narrator shows the portal of the town and the injustices that are carried out due to prejudices. The proven to be innocent character of Mr. Radley is exploited by Maycomb’s society and citizens. Thus, Mockingbird,
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If that were to be true then Scout and the kids in Maycomb did not see Boo Radley at all, as a person that is, rather they conjured up an image based off what they had heard about him. When Scout is talking about her and her brother’s summertime boundaries, she goes on to mention their lack of temptation to break said boundaries thanks to the Radley house just three doors down, “The Radley place was inhabited by an unknown entity the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end” (6). The kids have not met Boo Radley, they have not even seen him, therefore, the only way to get to know him is by the various talks that depict his life. Respectively since every such talk is a crime committed by Boo, the only image the kids can summon is one that depicts Boo is a horrendous character. On a search for the truth Scout goes to Miss Maudie concerning Boo Radley. “ you think Boo Radley is still alive?” (43) To Scout, Boo Radley could be nonexistent for all she knows. The kids only know what they have heard, which happens to be a lot, but even that is not enough to satisfy the questionable existence of the terrible Boo …show more content…
Radley by his indirect interaction with Scout and her brother. On a particular day when Miss Maudie’s house had caught fire, and Scout was left staring in astonishment at the consuming flames, someone placed a blanket on her shoulders to cloud her from the winter’s assault. “Boo Radley. You were so busy staring at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you” (72). As it turns out Boo Radley is anything but malicious. That one gesture changed his entire portrayal in the story, all of a sudden the walls of vagueness that surrounded his character began to crack. When the antagonist in the story attacks Scout and her brother as revenge against their father, Atticus, a fourth party joins the attack and ends up saving both Jem and Scout but takes the antagonist‘s life in the process. And as Heck Tate, the town sheriff and Atticus Finch discuss the killing, with what little Scout can tell them, given that her brother is unconscious, it becomes clear that Arthur “Boo” Radley is the culprit. Yet Heck Tate convinces Atticus to not mention Arthur in the attack and Atticus tries to convince Scout that Bob Ewell died by his own hands, to which Scout replies, “Well, it’s be like shootin a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (276) it seems that young Scout herself reached the epiphany that Arthur Radley is an innocent man convicted unjustly. Perhaps him taking a life, although saving two, would take away the title of a

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