Radley House

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The Radley House

By; Karissa Trinidad

Thru ought the story To Kill a Mockingbird there are lots of important characters. But there is one specific family everyone is curious about; the Radley family. There were only four inhabitants of their household Mr. and Mrs. Radley, Boo, and Nathan Radley. Everyone wondered what they would do in their house? Mrs. Radley only came out to sweep the porch, Nathan only came out to get groceries and to help when Miss Maudie’s house was burning down, and Boo only comes out when he supposedly give Scout the blanket when Miss Maudie’s house is burning down and at the end when the most significant part when he comes out and help Scout and Jem escape from Mr. Ewell. But like Atticus said, “you never really know a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

The Radley house was described as “The remains of a picket drunkenly guarded the front yard-a “swept” yard that was never swept-where Johnson grass and rabbit-tobacco grew in abundance.” (Page 8) This is what I pictured the house to look like but with more trees and weed blocking the place because Boo never came out. Nathan only came back to live with his family so he can take care of his sick mom. Mr. Radley only came out to get groceries. And Mrs. Radley only came out for a mid-morning coffee break with her neighbors. They weren’t religious in anyway, you could never find them at church or in a missionary circle.

Mr. Radley to my imagination and character analysis was pictured as protective. My favorite quotation that both describe Mr. and Mrs. Radley is the one where Dolphus Raymond speaks to Scout and Dill outside the courtroom. He says, “I try to give ‘em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason. . . He can’t help himself, that’s why he lives the way he does.” (Page 200) This quote describes the Radley parents so well to me because in the beginning of the book the...
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