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To Kill a Mockingbird

Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, Maycomb's Mockingbirds
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the two characters Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are much like the Mockingbird, harmless yet destroyed.Boo and Tom were such sad characters that they kept to themselves and shied from the public eye.The townspeople of Maycomb caused them to become outsiders because of their lifestyles which did not revolve around the towns stereotypes.
Boo Radley served as a mystery at the beginning of the story.A man only known to Jem and Scout as some kindof monster from the tales gathered by the town gossips over the years."Don't you know you're not supposed to even touch the trees over there?You'll get killed if you do" (33) Jem said when they found a gift in the tree for thefirst time.His fictional life, built upon made up stories, served as a game for the Finch children and Dill to act out.Boo represented something somewhat forbidden and unknown.The children were naturally curious about his true lifestyle and who he really was.They were so interested that they even went as far as to venture into the Radley property at night to try and peek at Boo inside and find clues.
It was not until the story progressed that we see that this mandoes not possess the character of the strange man that Maycomb makes him out to be.In fact, he was a kind and gentle man who fought for what he knew was right and risked his own well being when he saved Jem and Scout from Mr. Ewell.Boo tried to show the children that he was not how many people perceive him to be.He did this with such discreet gestures such as leaving them gifts in the hollow hole in the trunk of the old tree between their houses, and by covering Scout with a blanket when Miss. Maudie's house was on fire.Boo Radley may have gone in to that house as a boy, but when he came out, he came out as a man who deserved a lot more credit t…


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