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Boo Radly
“I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radly’s stayed shut up in his house all the time…It’s because he wants to stay inside.” (304). This novel is set in a fictional town named Maycomb, Alabama. The Story is narrated by Scout Finch, the daughter of windowed lawyer, Atticus Finch, and younger sister of her brother Jem Finch. The children were fascinated by Boo Radly, the reclusive neighbor who never rarely left his house. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee she uses Boo Radly to show that he is motivated by his past to stay away from his peers, to be a secret protector for Jem and Scout, and to stay out of trouble. To begin with, Boo Radly is prompted by his past to stay away from society. The legend of Boo Radly is while he was younger he stabbed his father in his leg with scissors while cutting newspaper, then continued cutting as if nothing happened at all. As Scout speaks about the rumor of Boo Radly saying “His father entered the room. As Mr.Radly passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities.”(13) This quote shows that this rumor has been told from generation to generation since it happened and that the people of Maycomb think Boo Radly is a complete psychopath. The Judge told Mr.Radly, the father of Boo, that he should be sent to a mental asylum, but he thought that was an embarrassment so they came to an agreement of locking Boo in the courthouse basement until Mr.Radly took him out. When Mr.Radly finally decided to take Boo home he became reclusive. Scout begins speaking of Boo, saying “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him.” (10) Boo Radly does not want to leave his house because he does not want to face the town for the accusations and confrontations about the rumor. Since he never left his house people began to ponder if Boo Radly himself was a myth. Secondly, Boo is provoked to stay out...
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