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Boo Radley's role is different than the rest of the characters. He is looked at badly by the neighborhood kids. People are scared of him just because he is not like them. He is not really a bad person but they just need to get to know him and look past his differences. An example is when Miss Maudie's house was on fire, he put a blanket on Scout. His nice gesture showed he has another side to him. I am pretty sure this happens all the time in real life. People just believe what they hear and feel safer staying away from people who are different.
I tend to think that Boo Radley does play an important role in the story. I think that he doesn't show up too much in the To Kill A Mockingbird because we don't have much people similar to him in the real world. But he does play a huge, magnificent role in the novel because he grabs a lot of the characters attention, which every character has a different perspective and thought about him. To prove this point, thought by Scout, "What Mr.Radley did might seem peculiar to us, but it did not to [Atticus]."(Lee 65). This proves that every character has different perspectives and thoughts of Mr.Radley, but all lead to the same conclusion about Mr.Radley. Also it does relate to us today. As you can see in this discussion, everyone has different thoughts about Mr.Radley. Hmmm...What can this lead us to?
Arthur Radley's character shows the measures people go to bring other down. The town was unable to go past simple rumors and past mistakes. This town was so obsessed with him and little did people know the truth. All the people hear were Miss Crawford's gossip that, "Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities," and was never seen again (Lee 13). They knew that he was punished but didn't know the character change that has occurred. they are so caught up in the past they refuse to see past simple mistakes. What they don't see is the good side of Arthur. In the fire accident, " [Scout was] so busy looking at the fire [she] didn't know it when [Boo] put a blanket around [her]," this is important to show that Arthur isn't a bad person (Lee 96). He didn't have to come out and give Scout the blanket. He could have stayed inside and let her shiver in the cold. But just like how Scout didn't realize the blanket, the town did not think that he could have changed. Even Miss Maude thinks that he might have gone crazy. This goes to show that when one were t make a mistake, people don't see beyond it.
i feel that up to this point in the story, boo is not that bad of a person and has done nothing wrong. i think he is actually going to turn out to become a good character in the rest of the novel. what worries me is that we still don't know exactly how jem broke his arm scout does say that he thinks its the Ewells fault, but jem thinks that it started "when Dill first gave [them] the idea of making boo come out"(Lee 3). But i cannot see how Boo, somebody who is treating Jem and Scout so nicely, can inflict so much damage onto Jem. to me it appears that Boo is just looking for a friend, somebody to talk to (hence the presents) but it appears that Boo will have something to do with the breaking of his arm. because Lee didn't mention how Jem broke his arm, i really feel that will be the "peak" of the story. i think that Boo will have a very important role on the story as a whole.
I think Boo Radley was a symbol for something. In the novel, Jem and Scout were were always shown to be explorers and quite adventurous. They were curious as to what the man looked like. They've attempted a few times to interact with him but he always seemed to shut them out and ignore. For Example, during the Summer when their friend Dill would visit, they decided that they were going to look through his window to see him. "Dill stopped and let Jem... head and looked in" (Lee71) After a fail at that, Jem lost his pants and later that night he went back, however they were folded nicely and sewn, "When [Jem] went back... Comin' back for 'em" (Lee78). This clearly was Boo Radley as he was they only Radley who went outside and knew someone was lurking in his backyard. Another time was when Miss Maudie's went up in flames. Jem and scout were in the freezing weather watching from a safe distance. Boo Radley had covered Scout with a blanket without her knowledge. I think Boo Radley is a symbol for anyone who is different in our world, whether it'd be a minority or someone from a different sexuality. I think he doesn't mean to ignore Jem and Scout but he isn't comfortable with coming off so strong after being hidden for so long so he begins to do little things to open up slowly. Like we've said before in class, "different" people may not be comfortable with someone who's normal. So he tries to take it slow and lose his fears slowly.
Boo is not a normal character, he is different then any other character. Other people don't like him and don't feel comfortable around him because he is different. People don't know him but if they really do they will like him and feel comfortable around him. The neighbors also don't like him because he is different. He is very important and without him the story would be different.
Boo Radley in my opinion is a very lonely character because he is very infamous in Maycomb; he is known as a scary person that is hated by the community. I would think he is very lonely because of all these false judgments he might be scared to face the population and that's why he is always inside the house. When Jem and scout started showing interest in Boo Radley he then had an urge to go out and give presents or even help in the fire. Maybe he felt thankful in a way because of the boys trying to come near him. In chapter 8 Atticus stated "Boo Radley. You were too busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket on you"(Lee 72). This shows that boo Radley cares about the kids and he just didn't put it on anyone but the kids that were trying to "provoke" him. I would say he represents the people that are very different than the population which is being hated on. If he wasn't in the story than the kids won’t learn to know someone before judging since they are slowly realizing that boo Radley isn't so scary.
I agree to what you have to say Dazzleta about how we judge without actually knowing if its true or not about an individual. Majority of people always judge others without knowing how that person really is or feels. This is all due to our personal biases we have toward people. Not only is this in real life but even in the book: "To Kill a Mockingbird". This is mostly shown when Jem, Scout, and Dill always refer to Boo Radley as someone who is a monster or a very scary person. They don't know how Boo Radley looks or who he is, but because of the many stereotypes that everyone has on them, they tend to believe the same thing.
I believe that Boo Radley is a very important character in the book "To Kill a Mockingbird". His character makes up most of the story and without him, there wouldn't be much of to say in the book. Without this character, there wouldn't be much happening with Jem, Scout, and Dill. It is mostly shown in chapter 5, when they went to Boo Radley: " 'We [Jem and Dill] are going to give a note to Boo Radley,' " (Lee 62). During this chapter Jem, Dill, and later on Scout, all went to Boo Radley's house to give him a letter, and if this character didn't exist then there wouldn't be much happening in the book because he is that one character that is different from everyone else in Maycomb.
I think the purpose of author "Boo" Radley is to show the conflict or the problem or thing everyone is trying to know about. The character is mysterious and has many things that everyone wonders about which makes the story interesting because it brings people to try and find out. As in the story when others try to explain him they usually say I heard or I think which makes the character different and "weird". However at the same time I think that the mysterious character is used as a distraction from a big conflict because when everyone is focusing on trying to figure out a simple conflict they usually tend to forget the larger and more serious conflicts.