Contrast the Views of Atticus and Miss Maudie to the Rest of Maycomb with Regards to the Radleys.

Topics: Harper Lee, Truman Capote, To Kill a Mockingbird Pages: 3 (915 words) Published: November 10, 2009
Question: Contrast the views of Atticus and Miss Maudie to the rest of Maycomb with regards to the Radleys.

Atticus and Miss Maudie have always thought differently of the Radleys compared to the rest of Maycomb. Their different views can be categorized into three different parts- respect, privacy and bias feelings all towards the Radleys.

Firstly, Atticus and Miss Maudie always had a clear line of respect for the Radleys. This can be seen in how Atticus addresses Boo Radley as “Mr. Radley” and Miss Maudie correcting Scout “His name is Arthur”.

This is the opposite for the rest of the people in Maycomb. The people in Maycomb use names on the Radleys, especially on Boo Radley. Some examples are ‘malevolent phantom’ and how the people of Maycomb address Arthur Radley as ‘Boo Radley’. Giving a nickname to a person is alright, however, this is done without Arthur’s consent and the word ‘Boo’ probably means something scary and frightening as the word ‘Boo’ comes from a sound that is used to scare some one. Thus, it has a negative meaning to it, and is a form of disrespect to Arthur Radley.

Hence, Atticus and Miss Maudie viewed the Radleys with respect unlike the rest of the people in Maycomb who viewed the Radleys with no respect.

Secondly, Atticus and Miss Maudie have always respected the Radley’s private life and have not poked into their affairs. This is evident in “Atticus never talked much about the Radleys: when Jem would question him, Atticus’s only answer was for him to mind his own business and let the Radleys mind theirs, they had a right to” and “What Mr. Radley did was his own business. If he wanted to come out, he would. If he wanted to stay inside his own house he had the right to stay inside free from the attentions of inquisitive children”. He also emphasizes this respect for other people’s privacy on his children. Examples of these are “Does this by any chance have anything to do with the Radleys”, “Stop tormenting that man” and...
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