Arthur Boo Radley

Renee Z

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

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Arthur Boo Radley by Mind Map: Arthur Boo Radley

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." (chapter 31)

1.1. Final view on Boo Radley


2.1. never comes out of his house

2.1.1. "...Boo Radley, who had not been out of the house in twenty-five years." (chapter 19) Explain

2.2. theories..

2.2.1. "You all've gone crazy, he'll kill us!" Explain

2.3. nervous, unsure

2.3.1. "An expression of timid curiosity was on his face, as though he had never seen a boy before. His mouth was slightly open, and he looked at Jem from head to foot. Boo’s hand came up, but he let it drop to his side. ‘You can pet him, Mr Arthur, he’s asleep. You couldn’t if he was awake, though, he wouldn’t let you… I found myself explaining ‘Go Ahead. Boo’s hand hovered over Jem’s head. Go on sir he’s asleep His hand came down lightly on Jem’s hair I was beginning to learn his body Englush. His hand tightened on mine and he indicated that he wanted to leave. I led him to the front porch, where his uneasy steps halted. He was still holding my hand and gave no easy sign of letting it go." (chapter 31) Explain


3.1. Quality

3.1.1. "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. Boo Radley eats squirrels and cats

3.2. Quality

3.2.1. "every scratch of feet on gravel was Boo Radley seeking revenge, every passing Ne_ gro laughing in the night was Boo Radley loose and after us; insects splashing against the screen were Boo Radley’s insane fingers picking the wire to pieces;" (chapter 6) Scout believes Boo Radley to be insane


4.1. This quote from the book practically sums up Boo Radleys appearance. this is the only time they have fully seen Boo Radley

4.1.1. "He [Boo] was still leaning against the wall. He had been leaning against the wall when I came into the room, his arms folded across his chest. As I pointed he brought his arms down and pressed the palms of his hands against the wall. They were white hands, sickly white hands that had never seen the sun, so white they stood out garishly against the dull cream wall in the dim light of Jem’s room. I looked from his hands to his sand-stained khaki pants; my eyes traveled up his thin frame to his torn denim shirt. His face was as white as his hands, but for a shadow on his jutting chin. His cheeks were thin to hollowness; his mouth was wide; there were shallow, almost delicate indentations at his temples, and his gray eyes were so colorless I thought he was blind. His hair was dead and thin, almost feathery on top of his head." (Chapter 30) Explain

4.2. The rumours spread about him especially at the start of the book

4.2.1. "a malevolent phantom" (chapter 1) the rumours spread about him especially at the start of the book


5.1. Why does he stay in his house all the time?

5.1.1. "I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time… it’s because he wants to stay inside.” (chapter 23) Explain