Boo Radley Character Analysis

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Every kid knows that one house on their street that is creepy and “haunted”. Maybe the windows are boarded up, or the yard is completely covered in weeds. Maybe the house is just old and rotting. Maybe there are rumors about the person living there, even though they just want someone to talk to, though no one knows it. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the main character Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill live near a creepy house with a “malevolent phantom” (Lee 9) named Boo Radley living inside. Boo Radley ends up being a kind, lonely man who just wanted a friend. Boo Radley is the hero of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Boo Radley is the true hero of To Kill a Mockingbird because he cares about the children even though they’re not his own. He put the blanket over Scout during Miss Maudie’s house fire, he faced his fear of leaving his house to give the kids gifts in the tree, and he also killed Bob Ewell. The night after Boo Radley saved the kids, Atticus reads Scout the book The Gray Ghost. As Scout drifts off to sleep, she said to her father “‘Atticus, he was real nice’” and Atticus replied, “‘Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them’” (Lee 323). When Scout says this, she is referring to the character Stoner’s Boy in her book. However, Atticus’s response probably has Boo in mind, as Boo saved his kids. He wants Scout to finally see Boo Radley as a good person. One of the most well-known lines in the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is

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