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In Chapter Six of To Kill a Mockingbird, what reasons do Jem and Dill give for trying...

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etyler09 | Honors

Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM via web

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In Chapter Six of To Kill a Mockingbird, what reasons do Jem and Dill give for trying to peek into the Radley window?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:43 PM (Answer #1)

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If we look at Chapter Six, we can see that Jim and Dill are doing this to find something to do that will be scary and will show their courage to each other. As curious boys, they are attracted to the whole myth surrounding Boo Radley and the mystery that his name and the apparently isolated house conjures up. Therefore it is entirely fitting that they decide to try and penetrate that mystery by peeking into his window and seeing if they can see the infamous Boo Radley. The reasons they have for doing it now are stated in this chapter:

Because nobody could see them at night, because Atticus would be so deep in a book he wouldn't hear the Kingdom coming, because if Boo Radley killed them they'd miss school instead of vacation, and because it was easier to see inside a dark house in the dark than in the daytime, did I understand?

No reason is directly given for why the boys want to do this, but we can infer that Boo Radley's house would be a temptation that few boys of Jem and Dill's age could resist.

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illmeetuincali | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 28, 2011 at 1:14 PM (Answer #2)

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Well the reasons they chose that specific time and evening to peek into the Radley window is laid out in paragraph 22: "Because nobody could see them at night, because Atticus would be so deep in a book he wouldn't hear the Kingdom coming, because if Boo Radley killed them they'd miss school instead of vacation, and because it was easier to see inside a dark house in the dark than in the daytime . . ." (Lee 58). The boys had provided much thought to their plan to catch a glimpse of Boo Radley, whether or not Scout tagged along.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Harper Perennial

Modern Classics, 2006. Print.

 

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