Essay on To Kill a Mockingbird- Boo Radley and His Children

773 Words May 24th, 2013 4 Pages
In a small town deep south in Alabama, two children reside in a house with their father Atticus. Maycomb was this town’s name, and within Maycomb lived the nastiest, most psychotic, recluse to have ever live, and it just so happens that this monster of a man is the neighbor of the two young children, at least this is how “Boo” Radley is perceived to be in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. “Jem” Jeremy Atticus Finch and “Scout” Jean Louise Finch, the two children, one four years younger than the other, the youngest being Scout, find themselves bound by curiosity to rip “Boo” Arthur Radley from his protective house. This is when the relationship of Boo Radley and the Finch children begin, but the relationship between Boo and the children …show more content…
It is then figured out that Boo is the one who put a blanket around Scout during the fire that occurred at Miss Maudie's house. Th night was cold and that caring act seemed to give Boo a different sense of who he is to the children. The children are beginning to realize that maybe Boo isn't so bad. During Tom Robinson’s trial, an African-American man who is convicted of rape, it is said by Jem,“Scout, 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." Seeing the prejudice and racism that Tom suffered in his case makes the kids understand why Boo may have wanted to decide to stay in his house all these years. The kids come to see Boo as a real person when he saves them from Bob Ewell, the man who attempts to kill the children in revenge, and not the monster he was first portrayed as. Scout then treats him as she would any neighbor would. As Atticus said, “You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them”. She now understands that Boo had been watching her and Jem the whole time, and that he was a true neighbor and was watching over them when they needed him. He was just a shy man who was very caring towards the children. Though she never sees Boo again after that night, Scout still thinks of him, as we can tell by her older self's voice in this story. In this, the children’s maturity has definitely developed and it is evident in their relationship.
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