To Kill a Mockingbird

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In the beginning of the novel Scout sees Boo Radley as a dangerous monster but by chapter 31, Scout understands Boo’s difficult life and she is no longer afraid of him. The novel starts when Scout is six years old, a typical child who believes rumors and is superstitious. Over the course of three years, Scout experiences many situations which causes her to mature and realize the truth about people and life.Throughout the beginning, middle, and end of the novel, Scouts perception of Boo Radley changes entirely because she grows up and learns the truth about him.

In the first part of the novel, the Scout see Boo Radley as a “malevolent phantom” (10). “People said he went out at night when the moon was down and peeped in the windows. When people’s azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he breathed on them” (10). From rumors, Boo is portrayed to children as a monstrous beast, one that frightens them because he can snap azaleas with his breath. In addition, this is an explanation to the children as to why they never see Boo- he goes out in the middle of night, creeping and stalking. Jem gave a description of Boo to Dill and Scout from what he had heard from peers and adults, saying that Boo is six feet tall, he munched on squirrels and cats which justified his bloodstained palms and fingers. Boo also had a gaping and gruesome scar which etched across his deranged…

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