sTo Kill A Mockingbird – Boo
Early in the story Boo was just the subject of talk and myths but we learn more about him soon after.
Boo is the nickname of Arthur Radley. Early in the book Boo is described as a tall and scary looking person who runs around at night eating live possums and cats. He was sometime known as a phantom because no one knew who he was and he goes out at night and eat cats or any other living animal.
Boo got into trouble with the law when he resisted arrest and was locked up the ancient beadle, Mr Conner, in the court outhouse. Boo and the Cunninghams were the nearest thing to a gang. They were arrested for disturbing the peace, assault and battery. The other boys were sent to the state industrial school, which wasn’t known to be a prison and had no disgrace but Boo’s father Mr Randle thought it was.
Mr Radley made a deal with the judge that, if the judge released Boo then he would see to it that Boo never cause any further trouble. The judge knew that Mr Radley’s word is his bond and was glad to do so.
So Boo was not seen outside his home until fifteen years later his mum ran out of the house screaming that Boo was killing them all because he had stabbed his dad in the leg. After he pulled out the weapon and wiped it on his dad’s pants he went back to cutting up the newspapers for his scrapbook.
The next sign of Boo is when he put things in the knothole for Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout didn’t know who it was putting the little items for them in the knothole. Boo put rather strange things in the knothole for example a pocket watch, medal and chewing gum but the weirdest was 2 human-like carvings made from soap. Jem and Scout realised that the figures were figures of them. They thought that Boo was watching them. After the finding of the soap figures, Mr Nathan Radley filled the knothole with cement so that Boo couldn’t leave any more items for them.
In the middle of the book he only appears once when Miss Maudie’s house was on fire and Jem and scout was standing in the cold weather watching people come and trying to save household objects. Scout was really cold and started to freeze but without her noticing Boo came up to her and wrapped a blanket around her. Later that night Atticus asked where she got it from and she didn’t know. But they came to a decision that it was Boo because they were standing at the front of the Radley fence.
At the end of the book he comes out once more to save Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell. Bob attacks Jem under the big oak. Boo stops Bob by killing him with a kitchen knife from Boo’s house. Boo carried Jem home while Scout is left wondering until Atticus calls her. When the doctor arrives Atticus and Scout realise that Boo is standing in the corner watching Jem. The sheriff comes later to talk to Atticus about the night. Sheriff told Atticus that Bob died under his own knife, which was a lie to cover up Boo because Boo couldn’t cope with the limelight, if the whole town knew. The Sheriff’s explanation of the death of Bob Ewell was “Let the dead bury the dead,”
In the end Scout got to meet Boo and Boo is so child-like that he needed her to walk him home from her house. The rest of scouts life’s she never saw Boo Radley ever again.
sTo Kill A Mockingbird – Boo