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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, what was Boo Radley's childhood like?

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joevansx | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 27, 2011 at 12:50 AM via web

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In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, what was Boo Radley's childhood like?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 27, 2011 at 2:36 AM (Answer #1)

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Poor Boo (Arthur Radley)! He had a very dysfunctional childhood. His father was a religious fanatic that was very severe with his son and kept him a virtual prisoner in his own house. The rumor was that Boo eventually stabbed his father with a scissors. And, when Old Mr. Radley died, Boo's brother came to live in the house. The brother is the one who boarded up the tree to prevent Boo from leaving gifts for Scout and Jem. He, too, seems severe and mean. As a result, Boo became a recluse. He turned into a shy, but kind man, who watched out for Scout and Jem and eventually protected them from being killed by Bob Ewell.

Read about his character at the link below.

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