Topic 4: Examine and analyze the character Arthur “Boo” Radley. What is his purpose in the novel—why does he exist? How would the story be different without him?
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Boo Radley's purpose in the novel is to teach Atticus's children, Jem and Scout, a lesson. Throughout the novel, we explore multiple cases where Boo Radley was there for the curious children. He was feared by the children and he taught Scout an important lesson once she was able to get to know him. Without him, Jem and Scout would not learn everything he taught them, that nobody else could. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee makes the point that Scout had learned a lesson from Boo when she writes "... Atticus, he was real nice" Scout said. Atticus replied by saying "Most people are, Scout, when you finally get to see them." (Lee376).Scout would be unable to understand this without her encounter with Boo Radley, he was the only person who she had not known. She learns that you cant make assumptions of others before you get to know them. Boo plays an important role of making Scout realize an important life lesson.
I agree, Boo Radly plays a very important role in the story because he teaches the kids the importance of putting yourself in someone's shoe before you judge them. At the beginning of the story the kids thought Boo Radly was a very scary creature who eats rats and scares the kids; He stays inside and none ever sees him, he's the mystery of Maycomb. But near the end of the book Jem and Scout start to realize that he is a very nice person and he has given them so much when they gave him nothing. As the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee states, "he gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives"(Lee 278). This explains that even when the kids were scared of him and did not tried to understand him, he was there playing their games and giving them gifts, but that was not understood by the children till the end of the story where Boo shows himself and saves the kids.
Your point is too shallow, Boo Radley is a much more developed and involved character for his purpose just to be "acting mysterious". Think about what he accomplished by the end of the book, and what Scout realized; she realized his perspective and how he must have felt. She realized how much the sense of empathy can change how one feels for another. To illuminate this point, at the end of the story after Scout walks Boo Radley home, she says, "Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough" (Lee 374). What Atticus was trying to tell her was have the sense of empathy. Boo Radley's existence in the novel allowed Scout to achieve this; therefore the early experiences the children had with him was not his only purpose, it goes deeper than that.
I agree that one of Boo Radley's purposes is to teach Jem and Scout an important lesson. Furthermore, the lesson taught through his character isn't only for the kids to learn, but the readers should, too. The act of not judging people so harshly without knowing them is something we should've learnt before we even started to comprehend the meaning of the words. Unfortunately, now those who have grown around judgment of themselves and others find it difficult to put forth such acts like "(climbing) into (someone's) skin and walk around in it"(Lee 30). Looking at things through someone's else's perspective helps you understand how they see the world and who they truly are as a person. Scout executed this when she stood on the Radley porch and started imagining what Boo saw over the years. To explain Scout thought, "One time (Atticus) said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough" (Lee 283). This goes to prove that if an eight year old living in a sick, and twisted minded town where judgement is part of the daily routine can stand on a "strangers" (she doesn't completely know who Boo Radley truly is) porch and look at her life through his eyes, then we can teach ourselves to evolve from the ways set in our culture; we can learn to stop judging those we don't and even those we do know. Boo Radley and the kids interactions are a perfect example of this life lesson.
I agree with you Ibbay when you said that Boo Radley is injured by the evil of mankind. At the end of the To Kill a Mockingbird novel, Boo Radley is identified and saves Jem and Scout. When it was time for Boo to go home, he asks Scout quietly to walk him home. He is too injured by society to actually walk across the street to his own house. In the book To kill a mockingbird, Harper Lee writes “will you take me home? [Boo Radley] almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark” (Lee 372). This piece of evidence shows that since he has never been out and everyone makes up things about him, he is too afraid to be out so he asks Scout to be with him. As one can clearly see, Harper Lee shows a character that’s affected by society where one may not notice it. As we often judge/injure someone, we don’t notice that it’s actually affecting them. But seeing a character like Boo Radley shows the reality of how an individual is being injured by the evil of mankind.
Boo Radley's main purpose in "To Kill A Mocking Bird", is to be that character that always looks out for Jem and Scout. Boo or Arthur has always been with Jem and Scout, by either playing around with them and giving them little gifts, helping them getting saved from trouble, and most of all, he had saved them from Bob Ewell. This is shown in chapter 18 in "To Kill A Mocking Bird" how much Boo actually cares for Jem and Scout: "He(Boo Radley) was carrying Jem, Jem's arm was dangling crazily, in front of him" (Lee 352). In this quote, it was shown that Boo had actually saved Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell who wanted to kill them. This proves how actually important Boo is in the book, because if he was not there, then Jem and Scout would have ended up dead! Boo Radley was always inside his house for decades, but after he saw Jem and Scout, his life has changed and so did theirs.
I believe that the main purpose of Boo Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird" is to help illuminate one of the main themes of the novel. I believe one of the main themes of this novel is Don't judge others based on what you see. The Maycomb county citizens think of Boo Radley as this scary, ugly looking, horrible person because he never comes out and people make up silly conspiracies. After a friend of Jem and Scout named Dill comes tp their town for the summer, he sees this Boo Radley character suspicious and wants to help him come out. "who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out" ( Lee 1). This character is so curious to Dill that he wants tp know if the rumors are true. Dill wants to see Boo before he believes all these rumors about him. This is why Boo Radley exists because it is to show that not all rumors and stereotypes are true, and that to not judge a book by its cover.
I agree with you Ibbay Elkhalil because when you say " Boo Radley is very misunderstood, he does very generous things for Jem and Scout throughout the whole book" your right because nobody knows Boo Radley personally. So they all judge him from his past and what everyone else says about him. Jem says in the book " The sheriff handn't the heart to put him in jail alongside Negroes , so Boo was locked in the court house basement"( Lee 14) This clearly tells us why everybody misunderstands him its because of his past.