Boo Radley

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Boo Radley by Mind Map: Boo Radley

1. BELIEFS & vALUES

1.1. Helping the innocent

1.1.1. "Well, it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?" pg 304

1.1.1.1. Previous to this quote, Scout discovers the real Boo Radley and realises why her father and Heck tate are not going to bring him into the open. It would ruin all that Boo is, his personality, his values, and his life as the unknown Boo Radley. He is motivated to help the innocent and this led him to save the children from Bob Ewell, who he doesn't care for - but by helping the children he kills Bob Ewell - although he killed this man, it was out of innocence and the need to help 'his' children.

1.2. Rebellion as a teenager (pushing the boundaries)

1.2.1. Arthur ran into trouble with the law when he was a teenager, he became part of a gang and got arrested. He then he was locked up inside his house by his father.

1.2.1.1. When Boo was a teenager, he was a typical rebellious boy - getting into a bit of trouble. But when he was arrested, the rest of his gang payed their time while he was locked up inside his house for almost all his life.

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1.2.2.1. Explain

1.3. Bravery

1.3.1. When Boo leaves the safety of his house to save Scout and Jem

1.3.1.1. It takes a lot of courage and bravery for Boo Radley to leave the safety of his house to save Jem and Scout - but he feels as if he needs to protect them, so he does. He values the children's protection above anything, which leads him to believe in bravery to help him.

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1.4.1. Quote or Evidence (Including Page #)

1.4.1.1. Explain

2. ACTS LIKE

2.1. Brave

2.1.1. When Boo leaves the safety of his house to save Scout and Jem

2.1.1.1. On the night of the Halloween celebrations, Bob Ewell attacks Jem and Scout, but they are saved by Boo Radley, who faces his fears of leaving his house to save Jem from being stabbed. This showed great bravery as Boo hadn't left his home in many years. After Boo saves the children from Bob Ewell, Atticus and Heck Tate invent a false story so Boo will not be persecuted - as it took great bravery for Boo to leave his house once during the night, bringing him into the lighting would destroy him.

2.2. Caring and shy

2.2.1. His hand came down lightly on Jem's hair. pg 306

2.2.1.1. This quote is a perfect example of Boo's tenderness he shows towards others, he has just saved Jem from Bob Ewell's attack and is now, for the first time, getting close to the children. He asks for Scout's permission before even going near Jem, and then touches his head so lightly, its almost like he's scared of hurting him

2.3. Thoughtful, righteous and noble

2.3.1. "Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad." (page 293)

2.3.1.1. Throughout the whole book you don't find out much about how Boo really acts because you are never able to see him. But after Scout sees Boo for the one and only time, she reflects back on his true nature, and realises what a thoughtful, righteous and noble man he is. He gave the children presents from the old oak tree, put a blanket around scout when she was frightened, and saved their lives - yet he never asked for anything in return.

3. MOTIVATED BY

3.1. Care towards children

3.1.1. Summer, and he watched his children's heart break. Autumn again, and Boo's children needed him. pg 308

3.1.1.1. Although you don't realise it until the very end - Boo's tenderness towards children is very strong, it's as though he feels he is responsible for protecting them. This is very evident from this quote where Scout is standing on the Radley porch, and seeing Maycomb through Boo's eyes. She sees the way he has looked over them throughout past events in the book.

3.2. Wellbeing of others

3.2.1. "...We’d better keep this...blanket to ourselves. Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up." "Thank who?" "Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you."

3.2.1.1. I think from this quote you can tell Atticus has a feel for the real Boo and his motivation to help those he believes needs him. Boo Radley puts a blanket around scout while she watches Miss Maudies house burn to the ground, he sees her as a frightened innocent girl who needs something to comfort her. I believe Boo sees the children as a symbol of innocence - and he wants to help them stay that way.

3.3. Curious person

3.3.1. Boo had drifted to a corner of the room, where he stood with his chin up, peering from a distance at Jem. pg 305

3.3.1.1. This quote is taken from after Boo saves Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell's attack, it is the one and only time Scout see's Boo and her view on him as a person completely changes. He is an awkward man, but also very curious, he has watched Jem and Scout throughout their whole childhood from afar so being this close to them is all very new to Boo.

4. HOW OTHERS SEE HIM OR HER...

4.1. Crazy, troubled and violent

4.1.1. 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.

4.1.1.1. In the beginning of the book, Jem describes Boo Radley to his sister as a crazy, violent man, who could be referred to as an animal - the way he dines on raw squirrels. This description is formed on the rumours spread throughout the town, all that Boo is in the beginning, is a rumour or a ghost.

4.2. Brave

4.2.1. When Boo leaves the safety of his house to save Scout and Jem

4.2.1.1. On the night of the Halloween celebrations, Bob Ewell attacks Jem and Scout, but they are saved by Boo Radley, who faces his fears of leaving his house to save Jem from being stabbed. This showed great bravery as Boo hadn't left his home in many years. After Boo saves the children from Bob Ewell, Atticus and Heck Tate invent a false story so Boo will not be persecuted - as it took great bravery for Boo to leave his house once during the night, bringing him into the lighting would destroy him.

4.3. Missunderstood

4.3.1. Maybe someday we would see him. I imagined how it would be: when it happened, he’d just be sitting in the swing when I came along. “Hidy do, Mr. Arthur,” I would say, as if I had said it every afternoon of my life. 'Evening, Jean Louise,' he would say, as if he had said it every afternoon of my life

4.3.1.1. In the beginning Scout see's Boo as a ghost, who haunts the streets at night - nut as the story progresses, her opinion on Boo Radley changes completely. She wishes more than anything to meet him one day, and in this quote she is imagining what she would say to him. From Scout's point of view Boo is misunderstood by Maycomb, because in truth, no-one really know's what he is like as a person.

5. LOOKS LIKE

5.1. Odd

5.1.1. ...face was as white as his hands... his grey eyes were so colourless I thought he was blind. His hair was dead thin... pg 298

5.1.1.1. This quote is written from Scout's perspective, when she first spots him standing in the corner of Jem's room. His skin and hair are both incredible pale from never going into the light, and his eyes have lost all their colour. These features create a wild looking image in my head, although from his actions, I know he is not at all scary looking.

5.2. Gray/Pale

5.2.1. They were white hands, sickly white hands that had never seen the sun... pg 298

5.2.1.1. Every feature about Boo is either grey or pale, his skin, eyes, and hair - this is all due to not seeing the sun in many years.

5.3. Timid which makes him seem beautiful to Scout

5.3.1. His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbours image blurred with my sudden tears... pg 298

5.3.1.1. When Scout first sees Boo she is so overwhelmed she has tears in her eyes, he seems beautiful to her, his timid smile shows her his real character finally - he is no monster, he is almost like an innocent child.

6. TEXTUAL ISSUES OR CONCERNS LINKED TO THIS CHARACTER

6.1. You dont really know a man until you step inside his shoes and walk around in them

6.1.1. 'One time he said you never really know a man unitl you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.' pg 308

6.1.1.1. Boo image has been contorted over the years from Maycomb rumours - he was the crazy man you never came out of his house. But Scout experiences the real Boo and those rumours wash away as she is fascinated by this awkward, caring, and beautiful man.

6.2. He would be destroyed by the lifestyle of maycomb townspeople

6.2.1. Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. 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."

6.2.1.1. After Tom Robinson's trial Jem and Scout start to have a different opinion on Boo Radley - they start to wonder if maybe he stays away from everybody because he wants to. After seeing the horrible things some of the townspeople can do, jem and Scout start to understand, and question his real character.

6.3. Character contorted by unthruthful rumours

6.3.1. Jem figured that Mr. Radley kept him chained to the bed most of the time. p6

6.3.1.1. The character of Boo Radley in the beginning of the novel is all based on rumours; stories of the town. As a reader you believe him to be a crazy, violent maniac because of the way each different character describes him.

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6.4.1. Quote or Evidence (Including Page #)

6.4.1.1. Explain