Why Is Boo Radley Shut Up In The House

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"Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time... it's because he wants to stay inside" (#). In To Kill A Mockingbird, Arthur “Boo” Radley was known for staying inside and for being scary, but he couldn’t have been more important. Boo Radley was a big part of the children’s lives, even when they were young. Scout, Jem, and Dill heard stories about how awful Arthur “Boo” Radley, which they used to create their own stories. Jem assumed he was tall, had blood-stained hands, and a scary face, including a “long jagged scar” (#). The children were frightened, yet thrilled by the idea of him. They spent their summers playing games about him or planning ways to get him to come out of his house; all of which were shot down or disapproved by Atticus. Later on, Scout and Jem find small tokens in the knothole of a tree they pass on the way to school. The tree is in the Radley yard, so after hesitation they take them. This ended when the knothole was filled in, presumably because they wrote a thank-you note to the person gifting the tokens to them (#).…show more content…
The idea of Boo Radley became more real to them throughout the novel. Jem and Scout didn’t quite know what to think after Jem’s pants were left behind at the Radley place, only to discover upon return that someone had mended them for him and left the pants hanging on the fence for the owner to come get. Also, when there was a house fire on their street, it was a chilly winter night, but Scout was unprepared and cold. When she returned home she had someone else’s blanket around her shoulders. The only possible answer for that was Boo Radley had put it there, trying to help without her knowledge

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