Honors English 2
1 November 2011
To Kill A Mockingbird Essay
A mother of a gay student that faced bullying stated in an article, that anyone who has “‘’hate in their hearts’” should accept people with differences because they are “‘going to be who they are’” (James, Boy Assaults Gay Student as Cellphone Captures Attack). In a perfect society, everyone would accept each other and not judge others based on appearance or social status. However, today many people still face the problem of acceptance. Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, illustrates how others can learn to be accepting from the characters in the novel. Scout leaves her naïve childhood behind and changes to into an accepting young adult through with the help of Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Atticus. One of the characters in To Kill A Mockingbird that helps Scout to become an accepting young adult is Boo Radley. At the beginning of the novel, Scout believes the vicious rumors about Boo Radley such as his “‘din[ing] on raw squirrels and any cats he [can] catch’” (Lee 55). neighborhood’s rumors that Boo Radley is a vicious and scary monster, when Jem is describing Boo’s appearance to Dill. He explains that Boo Radley’s physical appearance is six and a half feet tall, yellow and rotten teeth, popping eyes, and “‘a long jagged scar that [runs] across his face’” (Lee 13). Also, the children believe that Boo “‘dine[s] on raw squirrels and any cats he [can] catch’” (Lee 13). Scout imagines hearing “[scratching] feet on gravel [which is] Boo Radley seeking revenge” and his “insane fingers picking the wire to pieces” (Lee 55). Boo Radley’s reputation in the neighborhood of Maycomb is a horrible one, and Scout at first, believes the rumors even though she has never met Boo Radley; she fears him because she never met Boo and does not know him personally. However later on, Scout begins to learn little bits of facts about Boo Radley, after receiving surprises from him. One afternoon, Scout and Jem walk home after school, and they find “rest[ing] [on the Radley tree] a ball of gray twine” a present from Boo Radley (Lee 58). Then in October, Scout and Jem find “two small images carved in soap” and realize that the carvings were of themselvesdepicted Scout and Jem (Lee 59). As she receives the gifts, she realizes little by little, that she is wrong about Boo and misunderstood him completely. What she thought was a massive and intimidating monster was really a gentle and shy man who wanted to be friends with Scout. Her experience with Boo allows her to understand that rumors can be completely off from the truth, and learns to accept Boo Radley even though her society believes that he’s a monster and looks down on him. When Scout receives these gifts, she realizes that the rumors about Boo Radley aren’t are not true at all; she learns that Boo Radley is actually a caring and kind person. Scout begins to see Boo Radley as a human and starts to trust him. Scout becomes more mature because she begins to see Boo Radley as a person. Scout asks “‘Mr. Arthur’” if he wants “‘to say good night to Jem’” (Lee 277). Scout stops calling him Boo, and now calls him by his name which shows that she becomes more accepting. Scout’s trust for Boo is shown when they both enter Jem’s room. She “takes him by the hand, a hand surpirsely warm” and guides him to Jem’s bed (Lee 277). Another scene that displays her trust is when Scout “slips [her] hand into the crook of [Boo’s] arm” and escorts him back to his home (Lee 278). Scout no longer sees him as a monster and is willing to trust him. Because of Boo, Scout has learned to give others a second chance. Towards the end of the novel, Scout explains The Gray Ghost to Atticus before going to bed. She explains that in the story, the character “‘[chases] him 'n' never…catch[es] him’” and when they find him, they realize that “‘he [did not do] any of those things…[and] was real nice” (Lee 281). Atticus responds that when...
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