Boo Radely

Use this mindmap to articulate the important qualities about the character you are studying.

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Boo Radely by Mind Map: Boo Radely

1. monster

2. Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time

2.1. Jems first judgment of boo is completely wrong and assumes he is a crazy monster with no heart


3.1. Kind

3.1.1. 'They'd been sewed up. Not like a lady sewed em like somethin I'd try and do. All crooked.' Boo is kind and looks after Jem and Scout. He leaves trinkets for them, fixes Jems pants and saves them for Bob Ewell.

3.2. Humorus

3.2.1. 'I had heard another sound, so low I could not have heard it from the sidewalk. Someone inside the house was laughing.' Boo finds things that Jem and Scout do funny.This quote is from when Scout hears Boo Radley laughing in the window.


4.1. nice

4.1.1. Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things... Atticus, he was real nice...." at the end of the book scout realises he is actually a nice man who was misjudged the whole time

4.2. protective

4.2.1. To the left of the brown door was a long shuttered window. I walked to it, stood in front of it, and turned around. In daylight, I thought, you could see to the postoffice corner. Fall, and his children trotted to and fro around the corner, the day's woes and triumphs on their faces. They stopped at an oak tree, delighted, puzzled, apprehensive. Winter, and his children shivered at the front gate, silhouetted against a blazing house. Summer, and he watched his children's heart break. Autumn again, and Boo's children needed him. this is scout thinking from boos perspective and explaining how boo sees the children as his own. he is obviously very protective of the children because he watches them and knows about their life.

4.3. crazy

4.3.1. You reckon he’s crazy?”…“If he’s not he should be by now pg 24 the kids think if he isnt mad yet he should be because of how long he has been in that house for


5.1. Bravery

5.1.1. 'Anyway, Jem hollered and I didn't hear any more an' the next thing - Mr Ewell was trying to sqeezze me to death, I reckon... then somebody yanked Mr Ewell down.' Boo Radley saw that Jem and Scout were in trouble and came to the rescue. He acted out of bravery.

5.2. love

5.2.1. "When I pointed to him his palms slipped slightly, leaving greasy sweat steaks on the wall, and he hooked his thumbs in his belt. A strange small spasm shook him, as if he heard fingernails scrape slate, but as I gazed at him in wonder the tension slowly drained from his face. His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor's image blurred with my sudden tears. (pg 270) this shows the love that boo has for scout and jem and how happy he is that he has finally met them. he would have gone crazy if he lived in that house with nothing to do and the reason for him still being there was because of how much he loved watching and protecting the kids.

5.3. fear

5.3.1. 'i think im beginning to understand why boo radleys stayed shut up in the house all the time... its because he wants to stay inside' pg 251 jem is maturing and realising that boo has been misjudged. he believes boo is afraid of the outside world and has no reason to come out. i think jem wants to help boo


6.1. Invisible

6.1.1. “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him. People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows” This quote that is said by Scout shows us that the children had never seen Boo Radley and that they saw him as an evil man. The town people know that he lives there although they spread rumours making him sound creepy.

6.2. Good

6.2.1. "Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough." By the end of the novel, Scout had realised that Boo Radley was actually a good person rather than evil. She understands why Atticus always said he wasn't evil as she has finally stood in his shoes.

6.3. crazy

6.3.1. "How do you know he don't feel good?" "Well how'd you feel if you'd been shut up for a hundred years with nothin' but cats to eat? they think he is crazy because he eats cats and thats all he eats. they want him to come out so they can see him. no normal person eats cats so they just assume he eats animals


7.1. Sad

7.1.1. 'his face was as white as his hands.... his cheeks were shallow... his grey eyes were so colourless I thought he was blind... his heair was dead thin' Page 294-95 Quite scary looking, never seen the sun. Not much happiness in his life

7.2. pale

7.2.1. sickly white hands that had never seen the sun, so white they stood out garishly against the dull cream wall” (362 since boo has spent his whole life in his house he is very pale and probably lacking important vitamins. he wouldnt be very healthy at all and would be nervous to be around people. scout notices these things about boo .