Boo Radley Reputation Analysis

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Arthur Boo Radley never came out of his house never did anything to harm anyone or to earn himself a bad reputation, so his reputation was left up to the town to create. If you’ve never met someone, you can’t know what their true self is like, how they think, or how they are as people, you have nothing to go off. As a child if you hear rumors and gossip about that person, you are susceptible to take that as the truth, rather than find out yourself. Scout(6), Dill(7), and Jem(10) in the beginning of the novel heard Boo Radley is six foot six, cat eating, finger biting, furniture wheedling, monster. Hearing and believing shows their relatively young ages. Little do they know he’s an angel caged by his father. Boo Radley is an example of a true …show more content…

As he begins to lay gifts in a tree’s knothole in his yard where he knows Scout and Jem will find them. “Some tinfoil was sticking in a knot-hole just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun. I stood on tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers (Harper 44).” Then again on the last day of school Jem and Scout pass the tree, this time they find two old polished pennies. “They’re real strong in magic, they make you have good luck. Not like finding fried chicken when you’re not lookin’ for it, but like long life ‘n’ good health ‘n’ passin’ six-week tests (Harper 47).” The gifts just kept on coming: a gray ball of twine, two near exact soap replicas of Jem and Scout, a whole pack of gum, a spelling bee medal, and a broken pocket watch. The gifts kept on getting more personal and dove into the life of Boo Radley and symbolized him and his story: The twine implies the desired connection with Jem and Scout, the soap carvings imply he is watching out for them, the spelling bee medal is a personal item he has held onto from his childhood, and the watch represents a beautiful piece that has been ruined on the inside.
As Jem and Dill were off playing Scout went to talk to Ms. Maudie, the topic of Boo Radley was brought up. “You know old Mr. Radley is a foot-washing Baptist-…Foot-washers believe anything that’s pleasure is a sin…Did

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