Brenda Suarez Legorreta
English CP /"Gifts to Boo Radley"
March 13 2014
At the end of the novel of Haper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, many things unravel. An adult Scout says, "Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into that tree what we took out of it: we have given him nothing, and it made me sad". Scout is wrong. Scout, Jem, and Dill gave Boo Radley various gifts as well he gave them. Throughout the novel, Scout gave Boo friendship, a connection to the outside world, and privacy. Although the gifts may not have been material, they are very meaningful to Boo.
Nobody can deny that Scout and Boo Radley had a special bond. Scout and Boo had secret friendship. Neither of them may have realized how much they cared for each other, but the readers they knew. Boo Radley was a huge part in scouts childhood. In this hidden friendship, Boo had given scout material, and a slight interaction with her. Scout, she gave Boo the opportunity for Maycomb to not see him as the monster they think he is. She wanted to interact with him in more than the childish ways Jem and Dill and various other children were intending. She didn't just want to go and touch the Radley house, and at the time she didn't know she actually wanted to see more of Boo Radley, she wanted to befriend him not just be the cause of him bursting out of the front door in an annoyed tone for a 10 second glance. She also gave him the experience of watching her and Jem grow up from his own front porch. The chance to see a six year old girl and two ten year old boys fascinated about his existence, reenacting his personal life, and as they slowly matured into adulthood. These gifts may have seemed like nothing to Scout but to a man who spent his life hiding they were his...
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