Theme Of Boo's Character In To Kill A Mockingbird

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A main theme in To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel written by Harper Lee, is to never judge a book by it’s cover. An incredible representation of this theme is the character Boo Radley. Boo is a perfect example of this theme because he is seen as a monster when in reality he’s really a powerful symbol of goodness. Boo has many strengths and weaknesses. His weaknesses include being extremely shy and occasionally violent. Although, his strengths, which include being protective and generous, are much more powerful than his weaknesses. In the beginning of the novel, Scout, Jem, and Dill believe that Boo is some sort of horrible monster that won’t come out of his house because he is so terrifying. When Scout, Jem and Dill are all together, …show more content…
He later on starts considering the circumstances, and while he is thinking about it, Boo comes to mind and Jem says, “That’s what I thought, too…when I was your age. If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time... it’s because he wants to stay inside” (259). This demonstrates that Boo is honestly a good person and Jem is starting to realize that. Also, it shows that Boo’s such a good person that he’d rather stay inside instead of seeing the evil things that people in the outside world do to each other. During the fire that happened during winter, the children had to stay outside because they didn’t want to risk being trapped in the house if the fire spread. The children were freezing and Boo didn’t want to see them freeze outside of his house so he decided to bring them blankets and that’s when Atticus states, [a]“You’re right. We’d better keep this and the blanket to ourselves. Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up...you were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know when he put the blanket around you” (81). This exemplifies the acceptance that Boo has towards the children that would judge him. Also, Boo is …show more content…
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Boo Radley was a perfect example of this because people would constantly makeup rumors and stories about him. Throughout the novel, people misjudged Boo but they slowly realized that he isn’t the monster they made him out to be. This is a very important theme because it also teaches you that not everything is what it seems. To Kill A Mockingbird was a great story with a lot of important messages and issues that are still relevant

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