Overview of the Role of Boo Radley as Described by Harper Lee in His Book, to Kill a Mockingbird
Ms. Lee has gone a long way to create this novel of carefully sustained mystery that she calls “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Harper Lee Describes her tranquil southern town that surprises you with a climax so astonishing, it can be described as an erupt lava of emotions. In this melodramatic novel, the most unforgettable character, in my opinion, was Arthur Radley(A.K.A. Boo). Boo can be characterized as reclusive, misinterpreted, and in some ways parental. In the remainder of this essay, I will explain to prove why this traits are true.
First of all, Boo Radley lives in seclusion. Arthur’s Father was a Foot-washing baptist and according to Miss. Maudie “Foot-washers believe anything that’s pleasure is a sin.”(pg.44). This could have pressurized Boo into staying inside. Jem seems to understand why Boo lives in seclusion when he tells Scout “I think I beginning to understand why Boo Radley stayed shut up in his house all this time… it’s because he wants to stay inside.”(pg.227). When Scout meets Arthur for the first time, she sees that this was a man that never goes out, because she notices “he had sickly white hands that had never seen the sun…”(pg.270). Boo’s timidness also show sings of seclusiveness. For example, when Arthur asks Scout ” ‘Will you take me home?’ He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark”(pg. 278).
As well as being secluded, he is also misinterpreted. False rumors have spread through Maycomb affecting everyone’s opinion about Boo Radley. For example, when Jem first met Dill “Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was 6 1/2 feet tall… dined on all the raw squirrels and cats he could catch… you could never wash the blood off… there was a large scar that ran across his face… his eyes popped and he drooled most of the time.”(pg.13). Of course this wasn’t true, and the children were quite frightened by him. On one occasion, Miss Maudie tells Scout “Miss. Stephanie told me that once she woke up in the middle of the night and found him looking in the window at her… I said what did you do, move over and make room for him.”(pg.45) Another example of misunderstanding would be when Scout, as narrator, says “Inside that house lives a malevolent phantom… people say he went out at night… and peeped into windows… Stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work.. Radley pecans would kill you… a baseball hit into the Radley yard was a lost ball, and no questions asked”(pg 8-9)
Besides being reclusive, and misinterpreted, he is also parental. A very symbolic moment in the story that greatly represents parentacy was when Boo puts the blanket on Scout. Atticus told Scout and Jem that it was “Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you.”(pg.72). Boo also shows the courage and the kindness a true parent would give when he saved the children from the evil clutches of Bob Ewell. Heck Tate informs Atticus that “Bob Ewell is lyin’ on the ground… with a kitchen knife stuck up under his ribs”(pg.266). The proof that Arthur Radley did this is simply because it foreshadows the event where “Boo drove scissors into his parent’s leg…”(pg.11). Scout concludes Boo’s kindness and care by saying “He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives… we had never given him nothing, it made me sad(pg.278)…It was summer time and his[Boo’s] children played in the front yard of their friend… Summer, and he watched his children’s heartbreak. Autumn again, and Boo’s children needed him.”(pg.279)
To sum up, Boo ends up being an important symbol of courage and kindness. For stressful reasons, Boo is reclusive. He is largely a victim of prejudice, and is misinterpreted unjustly. He demonstrates true parental traits, in which he shows with his faundness of the children. Even though considered the town freak, he became one of the most influential figures for Scout and Jem. This victimized hero, and fatherly figure, can definitely be represented as a mockingbird in this compassionate, soaring novel by Harper Lee, “To Kill A Mockingbird”.
Boo Radley’s Character, Construction and Main Features
The Innocent Mockingbirds
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee about justice, prejudice and racism. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the sleepy town of Maycomb, with it’s two-faced inhabitants who secretly harbor severe prejudice against anyone that doesn’t fit their hypocritical standards. The novel boasts variety of unique and special characters, few whom represent mockingbirds. A mockingbird is an innocent being that has been oppressed by society and others. There are subtle hints as to how the “mockingbirds” of the story are Arthur “Boo” Radley, and Tom Robinson.
Boo Radley is the town ghost and recluse. Even though he is white, he gets bombarded with false accusations and rumors. He is the figure that dominates the imaginations of Jem, Scout and Dill, the main characters, in the beginning of the story. The children, specifically Scout, wonders how Boo could be a recluse. Miss Maudie answers that Boo stays indoors because instead of actively participating as a member of society, he prefers to stay in isolation, away from other people. Scout describes Boo as a “malevolent phantom” who peeps on others in the dead of night and mutilates and eats live animals. This shows how Boo is a victim of harsh and untrue rumors that plague him since he is a recluse the town disproves of. Towards the ending of the book, in one particular scene after the trial, Jem implies, “’I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley stays shut up in the house all this time…it’s because he wants to stay inside’” (227). After being oppressed by society for so long, Boo would rather stay in his home than face people and society. It is also important to note that even though Boo’s choice to remain a recluse is apparent, he chooses to give both Scout and Jem valuable things, and cares for them like his own. Another example is when Bob Ewell is found dead. Scout and Sheriff Tate try to convince Atticus that Bob fell on his knife. Atticus asks Scout, “’What do you mean?’”(276), to which Scout, knowing it was Boo that killed Bob, promptly responds, “’Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?’” (276). At that moment, it is implied that Boo is a mockingbird. He is an innocent person, charged with rape he didn’t perpetuate.
Everyday, people are accused of crimes they didn’t commit, but very rarely do those false accusations have severe consequences. Tom Robinson is a negro man living in 1930’s Alabama in the fictional town of Maycomb. Tom is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman. In a time where segregation and racism exist strongly – Tom’s life is over. During the trial when Tom is recalling the truth to the jury, Mr. Gilmer asks why he had decided to help Mayella free of cost. Tom answers by saying, “Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ’em-‘” (197). Mr. Gilmer responds, shocked that Tom seems to pity Mayella, a white woman. A black man pitying a white woman is unbelievable in the world of false identities and cruel segregation. Racial hate is so strong that Tom is on trial for doing nothing but showing basic, human kindness. Instead of receiving gratitude for his self sacrificing nature, he gets hate and suspicion for being a negro. When the trial is over and the jury decides to convict Tom, the reader knows that Tom is innocent and guilty of a crime he didn’t commit. This connects to one of the main themes of this story – mockingbirds. Tom is an innocent person, charged with a crime he didn’t do resulting in being convicted.
In conclusion, Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are the main ‘mockingbirds’ of the story. Lee illustrates this through several key scenes in the novel, as it gradually builds up to the point where the readers can tell who the mockingbirds of the story are and why they are mockingbirds. Tom being accused of rape he didn’t engage in and Boo being harassed by society and judgemental onlookers. Mockingbirds are Pure beings that have been isolated and persecuted from society, such as Tom and Boo. Both of them are two different characters yet similar as they are placed under the same circumstances, in different situations.
What Makes Boo Radley not Supporting Character But Hero
Boo Radley the Hero
Harper Lee creates a supporting character in her novel To Kill A Mockingbird who is unique because the reader does not meet him until the end of the story. Throughout the book, we discover qualities about him by means of rumor, fact and observance. Boo Radley is a neighbor to the main character, Scout. Her presupposition of him is that he is a cruel and frightening man. As the story progresses, she is not sure what to believe about him. She finds out at the end when an eye-opening experience brings them face to face.
In the beginning, Scout’s relationship with him is very cold and distant. Boo never comes out of his house, so very few know what he looks like. This creates much space for fantasy of what he may look like. Rumors had it that at night he would prowl around looking into people’s windows, and that he ate cats and squirrels. Scout, along with her brother and friend, are scared of Boo, but curious enough try to find out more about him and see if they can get a glimpse of him, only to fail. During one attempt to peek inside his house, they see a shadow of a tall man and run away. This encourages them to stay away and pursue him no longer.
After trying to look inside Boo Radley’s house and encountering a frightening shadow, the children make a run for it. While trying to escape, Jem, Scout’s brother, loses his pants on the fence. The next day, he decides to come back for them, only to find them mended, folded and
draped across the fence. He is surprised and perplexed, not knowing what to think. The idea of Boo Radley making a kind gesture towards them doesn’t make sense to him. His confusion continues when he and Scout start to find little treasures in the knot-hole in the tree next to their house. They collect miniature figurines, gum, a watch, and string all from that hole in the tree and finally realize that Boo has left those gifts there for them over time. They ponder the idea of Boo as a friend instead of a villain.
The climax of To Kill A Mockingbird occurs near the end of the book and features Boo Radley. Scout and Jem are walking home on Halloween night alone. It is very dark, and they are approaching their street where the lamp is. Just before they reach the light, someone attacks them from behind. Scout gets the breath knocked out of her, and Jem’s arm is broken. In this whole scene, someone else intervenes, stabbing the attacker and carrying Jem inside. The children’s father, the sheriff and the doctor all congregate at Scout and Jem’s house. They are both cared for. In the midst of all the commotion, Scout doesn’t notice a man standing in the corner of the room. She sees him out of the corner of her eye but ignores him. She knows that he rescued Jem, but paid no more heed. Once things had settled down, the adults began to discuss legal disputes and who killed the attacker. When the man came forward, Scout looked in his eyes and realized she was staring into the face of Boo Radley.
Scout has learned many a lesson by the time we reach the end of the novel. The last one told is definitely the greatest. What happened that night after the attack was remarkable. Boo Radley was the one who killed the attacker and saved the children. He was guilty of murder. Yet, the decision the sheriff made that night to direct the blame away from Boo was wise indeed. The
verdict was the attacker fell on his knife, and that was it. Instead of pointing a finger at Boo and letting him commit social suicide, he made the right call. Boo Radley symbolizes goodness and innocence that is covered up by people’s mouths. Their rumors and stories about him created such a negative reputation that his kind heart was overlooked. To not recognize his murder as protection and proclaim him guilty would be extremely inconsiderate. Scout and Jem’s father mentions in the book that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because all they do is sing for us and cause no harm to anyone. Boo represents a mockingbird in this situation. Scout realizes this at the end, dramatically developing her character and his. She matures and their relationship grows. This is where the title of the novel comes into play, for it would be a sin to kill a mockingbird like Boo, because he is innocent.
Who’s Afraid of Boo Radley: an Essay on to Kill a Mockingbird
Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout’s feelings and notions regarding Arthur “Boo” Radley change from her initial preconceived impression that he was a monster, to accepting Boo as a person and empathizing his perspective of the world. In the beginning, Scout was a victim of the neighborhood legend that Boo was a sort of baleful, strange phantom. Later on, Scout dismisses her depiction of Boo when she learns that most of the rumors were products of imagination. As a result, her feelings are altered and she gradually starts to not fear Boo. Towards the end of the novel, when Scout had matured, she accepted Boo as a person, disposed of childhood biases, and treated Boo like a friend whom she had known for years.
Scout is deeply influenced by the legend that there was a spooky menace named Boo Radley who plagues her neighborhood. Such rumors, spread by gossiping neighbors, caused Scout discomfort and prompted her to grow fearful of Boo. As Scout mentioned, “…the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end,” (Lee, 7), shows how intensely she was affected. From this, we can understand that even though she’s never interacted with Boo, she’s built a partisan towards him in which she avoids anything that has to do with him. With regard to that, it’s easy to see how Scout is being negatively swayed by the fictitious stories about Boo. This constant distress also has an effect on her day-to-day decisions. For instance, when Scout’s released from school, she “…ran by the Radley Place as fast as I [she] could…,” (Lee, 44). Here we see how her superstition-derived opinions of Boo Radley frighten her so much, that she feels the need to sprint past the Radley house to get a sense of safety from the supposed “dangers” of the Radley Place. Thus, the rumors of Boo Radley unjustly biased Scout’s opinion and feelings, in ways that sometimes affect her daily decisions.
In the middle of the novel, Scout’s fears regarding Boo slowly disappear while her interest in him remains unchanged. Scout’s curiosity leads her to Miss Maudie to discuss her thoughts about Boo. One afternoon, Scout asks Miss Maudie, “…do you think Boo Radley’s still alive?” (Lee, 57). Clearly, we can tell that Scout wanted to confirm her doubts on the rumors of Boo with Miss Maudie. From this, we can also deduce that she wants to be able to communicate and connect with Boo by mentally disproving the stories about him. As the novel progressed, Scout’s terror of Boo Radley slowly faded away but she still remained intrigued to meet him someday. An example of this was when Scout declares, “…Boo Radley was the least of our fears” (Lee, 326). From that comment, it was a clear sign that Scout was losing her prejudice towards Boo. She didn’t need to fear Boo Radley since most of the rumors were a product of neighborhood superstition. Scout’s curiosity regarding Boo led her to learn that the neighborhood rumors were all speculative fiction. This realization ultimately caused her to lose the fear of Boo Radley and to have neutral feelings about him.
During the final chapters, Boo finally becomes human to Scout when he ha saves Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell. This mysterious figure, about whom she’d heard so many legends describing him as a supernatural monster, was beside her. When she’d escorted Boo to the front porch, she “…found it incredible that he had been sitting beside me [her]…,” (Lee, 371). As he had been a legend that scared her for years, it was remarkable to have met him at long last. Finally, in the last couple pages of the novel, Scout comes to understand Boo’s perspective of the world. When Scout was standing on the Radley porch, she remarked: “…you never really know a man until you stand in his and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough,” (Lee, 374). By saying this, Scout shows that she had seen the neighborhood from Boo’s point of view. Now that Scout had accepted Boo Radley’s existence and had seen the world from his point of view, she was able to empathize Boo.
Scout’s opinion on Boo Radley matures from that of an innocent child who thought Boo was a frightening, hostile monster, into that of a near grown-up who could understand Boo’s view of the world. In the first place, Scout’s depiction of Boo was a product of speculation that was spread at school and in the neighborhood. In effect, Scout became alarmed and distressed which resulted in changes in her behavior. Continuing on, thanks to Miss Maudie, Scout learned that many of the legends of Boo Radley were false. Consequently, her fear of Boo started to fade but she remained curious about his activities and to one day meet him. Lastly, Boo finally became real to her when had come out of the shadows to rescue her and Jem. In addition, when escorted Boo to his front porch, she was able to see the world from his perspective. Scout’s newfound ability to be able to imagine an event from someone else’s point without any sort of bias ensures that she will not become jaded, even as she loses her innocence later on in life.
Boo Radley, Misjudgment and Its Impact
Before you judge someone, you need to get to know them first. A keen example of this statement is clearly shown within the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. After Scout comes home from a near death experience from Mr. Ewell on Halloween, Atticus tucks her into bed. She just walked Boo Radley home and was discussing a book Atticus was reading. She states how “they chased him [the character in the book]” but when “they finally saw him… he hadn’t done any of those things… he was real nice… “. Atticus responds saying that “most people are… when you finally see them”. He is referring to Boo Radley, a character in To Kill a Mockingbird, that had helped Scout despite the rumors that he was a psycho. With this quote, Scout comes to closure with Boo Radley. She understands that he is not as evil as others depict him and is actually really nice. Atticus then states that “most people are [nice]… when you finally see them”. Atticus is saying that although others might come off like they’re mean or not approachable, most people are actually really nice once you finally get to know them.
After Heck Tate, the sheriff in To Kill A Mockingbird, confirms who killed Bob Ewell, Scout walks Arthur Radley home. She stands on Arthur’s porch and then realizes that she had misjudged him. In the beginning of the novel, Scout believes that Arthur is a evil human being that would eat raw rabbit meat and stab his mother with scissors. As she stands on his porch, she begins to “stand in his shoes and walk around in them”. She realizes that Arthur is actually a really calm and caring person. In this scene, Scout is now fully understands Atticus’s piece of advice. Walking around in Arthur’s shoes helped Scout come to closure with the Radleys. She now understands that Arthur isn’t truly a horrible person and that her assumptions were wrong. Others need to do what Scout did, and put themselves in others positions. They need to consider what others are going through before jumping to conclusions that are often wrong. These two scenes show that people shouldn’t jump to conclusions about others too quickly because they might turn out to be different than you expected.
Characteristics Of Boo Radley In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee introduces us to a society called Maycomb in the 1930s in which social ignorance and prejudice were harmful. The word “Mockingbird” in the title is a symbol of innocence, and Boo Radley is one of the innocents in Maycomb. He cannot fit in the society due to his abnormal actions, and he begins living as a recluse in his house to stop communication with the world. Under the pressure and suffering of people’s prejudice and ignorance after a long time of reclusion, Boo Radley is looking for hope and trying to communicate with society. Since Boo Radley is not a well-behaved child before he is isolated, people have many prejudiced rumors about him which disenable him from coming out. Boo is described as “a malevolent phantom” by the society, they say “any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work”.
The figure of Boo that shows in Maycomb’s ignorant people’s imaginations are monstrous and fiendish, even though the facts of his life are unknown. Their previous impressions of Boo mislead people to misunderstanding and prejudgment that Boo is an evil. These unjust discriminations against the innocents are apparent in Maycomb. However, despite all the rumors of Boo, Miss Maudie, who has less prejudice says “he always spoke nicely to me, no matter what folks said he did. Spoke as nicely as he knew how”. Boo is actually friendly and polite, but the people are too overwhelmed by their prejudice; they cover up all his good behaviors. Boo does not come out is not only to be responsible for what he does before and to prevent causing troubles; it is also because he is afraid to be hurt, ridiculed, and blamed by the society. He fears to face the label of villain and allegation put onto him. The gossips from Maycomb stressed Boo Radley too much, and he can no more fit in Maycomb as a regular person.
Boo Radley is a human who desires the life of a regular person, and his loneliness motivates him in searching for friendship, which gives him hope. He watches Scout and Jem, who are two children in Maycomb, and takes chances to communicate with them. He finds a knothole in the tree, and place little gifts like “a whole package of chewing gum,” “a tarnished medal,” and “a pocket patch that wouldn’t run,”. Boo Radley craves care and love, so he views the knothole as the hope of his life that can help him to conquer his fear and struggles. His actions are telling the children that if they go deeper to discover him as they did for finding the knothole; they will know he can be a friend. Boo is not the way people portray him that he has no humanity, and actually, he is pure and innocent like a child. Unfortunately, Nathan Radley, who is Boo’s brother fills the knothole. He places “cement in that hole in that tree,” and he says “tree’s dying”, even though it is apparent that the tree is healthy. His ignorance toward Boo and his biased beliefs make him thinks it is a sin for Boo who is unaccepted to appear in public and have contact with the outside world. His actions that seem to be inessential hurts Boo’s hopeful heart a lot. It is difficult for an outsider who is isolated to have a normal life, but there is always hope, and Boo Radley will continuously discover it.
Along with the hope, Boo Radley keeps trying hard to help the children, but he loses his social skills when he is in front of people due to his isolation from the world. Toward the end of the book, while Scout and Jem are chasing by a man, Boo comes out, and his braveness saves the children. He is “breathing heavily and staggering…moving around, as if searching for something”. Boo has no enough experience of the outside world, but the situation of the two children are dangerous. Boo’s hope is still existing, which gives him so much courage to come out and face such a risky situation. The children are his hope; he thinks it is his responsibility to give care and love to the children no matter how he has suffered from the society. Nevertheless, Boo is only able to do this secretly, when he sees their face, he does not know what to do because of his lack of ability to social contact. “Every move he made was uncertain, as if he were not sure his hands and feet could make proper contact with the thing he touched”. Boo is closed in the house without making direct contact with any people other than his family. He is afraid of people, and he is unacquainted to see and touch people so closely. Scout leads the conversation and asks Boo Radley, “won’t you have a seat”. Scout’s care gives Boo hope that it is unnecessary to be scared, and there are people treat him nicely. Boo’s suffering from prejudice and ignorance had so much impact on him that he cannot quickly get through. The struggles of prejudice and ignorance harm Boo Radley seriously, but the inconspicuous care and contact with the children give him hope that supports him all the time.
Through the novel, the good nature and kindness of Boo Radley depicting his true self gradually revealed as he undergoes negative prejudgments. Prejudice of a person generally results in a misrepresentation of an individual, and many potential heroes could be missing from our lives forever.
The Progression of Scout, and Jem Finch’s Relationship with Boo Radley
“It is not about what it is. It’s about what it can become.” – Dr.Seuss
Arthur Radley better known as Boo was looked down upon, he was never treated equally compared to others in Maycomb. In Maycomb there are many who are treated as if they are inferior to the people who think they are superior, those people are the coloured folk, poor white folk, and most importantly the ones that are different. There are children in this society who see it different, as they were raised to see the world how it should be seen; everyone is equal. Those children are Jem, and Scout Finch who endure a long journey of figuring out who Boo Radley is and why he is hiding away from society. Curiosity makes everyone stronger and more intelligent as it brings fear, questions, and realizations.
Jem was ten, and Scout was six when the first thought of Boo Radley came into conversation. They lived in a neighbourhood where everyone knew everyone, but no one ever spoke of Boo because he always seemed scary. Scout is the narrator of this journey she had with trying to get Boo Radley to come out of his house. She said, “The Radley place was inhabited by an unknown entity the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end;” (7). Scout and Jem never thought to ever go up to Boo’s house because there was a stigma about him that made everyone shy away in fear from the Radley place. There was always rumours going on about Boo, because of them nearly all children feared him, they would go out of their way just to take a different route to school just to avoid his house. Jem recited what he thought about Boo:
Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained — if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten, his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time. (16)
The rumour of Boo Radley was quite harsh which made him seem even more feared by Jem, and Scout. Jem, and Scout had a new friend this summer, his name was Dill; and he would be spending the whole summer in Maycomb. They would talk about seeing Boo, and wanting him to come out; they played games that were about him. Dill was always curious of Boo Radley, Dill once said, “Let’s try to make him come out,” (16). From then on Dill lessened the fear of Jem, and Scout, and made them start to wonder things about Boo. Soon enough as it was midsummer Scout and Jem would start to wonder what Boo does in his house all alone in the dark, what he looks like after not going outside for years.
Every summer Jem, Scout, and Dill would play games that were about Boo Radley, while they were still trying to find a way to get him out of the house. On Dill’s last day in Maycomb they actually went into the Radley yard and took a peak in the window, but they had to get away quick before Mr. Radley came out after them. In that moment, they were all scared to death. After Jem got his pants he told Scout something that spooked him, “When I went back, they were folded across the fence…like they were expectin’ me…” “Show you when we get home. They’d been sewed up. Not like a lady sewed ’em, like somethin’ I’d try to do. All crooked.” (78) This left both Jem, and Scout thinking that Boo could’ve done this. Also it’s like Boo is watching them, and taking care of them; as a guardian angel. During the school year Jem, and Scout would always pass by a tree with a knot-hole. Many times before they have found small things that they believe were let for them, and they always questioned who was leaving it behind; maybe Walter Cunningham, maybe Boo, or Mr. Avery. One of the last few items they found in the knot-hole were two soap dolls that were whittled to look just like Jem, and Scout. Jem thought from when he first found them that it was Boo who had left them there for Scout, and him to find; just like he left all those other items behind. (80). As of now Jem is starting to realize that Boo Radley isn’t a monster, he’s just trying to be friendly, and give the children small items as gifts to fulfill some of their curiosity. Additionally, there is one moment where Scout realizes that he’s not a monster, and that he was just trying to look out for her, and Jem. The moment when Atticus tells her what happened at the fire of Mrs. Maudie’s house, “You’re right. We’d better keep this blanket to ourselves. Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up.” “Thank who?” Scout asked. “Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you.” (90) Scout now has a question she had so long ago, answered. Scout knows now that Boo is just a friendly human, and is just too scared to come out of his own house to talk with other folk. As the year progressed Scout has had many realizations about Boo, and now she definitely wants to meet Boo.
In To Kill a Mockingbird there are many major events, but this one was a very important one for the relationship between Jem, and Scout. There was a costume Pageant that was being hosted at the school, and Scout was a part of it; she got embarrassed at the pageant, so at the end of it she didn’t want to take her costume off. Jem and Scout were walking home, but as they were they got attacked just a couple feet before they reached their neighbourhood. Scout wasn’t sure of that point, she heard all the fighting between two men, but eventually she ran home after she saw a man running towards her house with Jem. Scout soon realized that it was Boo who saved her brother, “Why there he is, Mr. Tate, he can tell you his name.” (362) She finally got to see Boo after all the summers of trying to get him out of his house, as well as he wasn’t any different than anyone else, he was just shy and damaged from his past. Boo never got the chance to ever have his own kids, which meant that Scout wanted him to experience what it was like to have a kid; she brought him to Jem, “You’d like to say good night to Jem, wouldn’t you, Mr. Arthur? Come right in.” (371) Scout felt safe with Boo, and she wanted him to feel safe as well, she treated him as if he was family or a close friend. She realized he may be an outcast, but he has a big heart, and wants to have an experience like this since he’s never gotten the chance to. Later that night Scout walked Boo home, and she had the greatest realization as soon as she took one look off of the porch she stood on. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — … — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (39) In this early metaphor in the book it really foreshadowed what would happen near the end of the book. Scout saw everything when she looked at the town from Boo’s point of view, she could see what he saw. She now knew that Boo lived through it all, everything her and Jem did, he saw. She understood that he was like a guardian angel, he would protect them, and give them little clues that showed them that he was watching them. He loved his children even if they weren’t his own.
Curiosity came with fear because it’s always scary to become interested in new concepts and things. While questions are needed to be consistent, meaning that they need to be asked to get closer to the answer. Finally finding out what you’ve been waiting for is a relief because then you can see what made that concept so interesting, and you grow into an intelligent person once you realize all the truths behind what you were curious of. Scout and Jem grew into open-minded adolescent, Scout feels much older after seeing the world through Boo’s eyes. Curiosity changed Jem, and Scout for the better, and they have a better relationship with Boo than they will have with many others. Boo is now appreciated for who he really is as a person.