Essay On Boo Radley

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During the prejudiced and racially charged era of the 1930’s, attorney Atticus Finch from Maycomb, Alabama finds himself defending an innocent black man falsely charged with rape. Meanwhile, his son, Jem, and daughter, Scout, along with their friend, Dill, find themselves captivated by the rumors plaguing their neighbor, the mysterious and elusive Arthur “Boo” Radley. It is an undisputed fact Scout, Jem, and Dill persistently plague the Radleys with their childish antics. Some people feel the children should not pursue the Radleys, while others believe the children should pursue the Radleys. The children should pursue the Radleys for three reasons: Boo Radley saves the helpless children, events serve as important lessons, and the children…show more content…
A consistent theme throughout the book is that perspective is everything. Atticus Finch even tells them this by saying, “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” As Scout is walking Boo Radley back to his home after the attack, it dawns on her that Boo is not a monster, but simply a man with no desire to interact with the outside world. She realizes that as she went about her everyday life fooling around on the Radley property, walking to school, and playing games, Boo was observing all of this from his own perspective. The events also teach the children innocence is not to be destroyed as Atticus illustrates when he tells Scout and Jem it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, because “they do nothing but make pretty music for everyone” to enjoy. Out of fear of tarnishing his own reputation, Bob Ewell forces his daughter to falsely accuse a black man of raping her. The man was innocent, yet the jury convicts him as guilty and sentences him to execution. As if that were not enough, Bob Ewell tries to kill Scout and Jem, two innocent kids, merely because their father defended the innocent black man in court. Boo’s innocence becomes evident to Scout the moment the identity of their rescuer is revealed as Boo, himself. She finally identifies Boo Radley as the mockingbird he always
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