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How is Boo Radley an innocent person in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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kimwilliams | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 10, 2009 at 5:03 AM via web

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How is Boo Radley an innocent person in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 10, 2009 at 8:36 AM (Answer #1)

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Boo Radley is an innocent by virtue of his lack of contact with society.  He has been "shut away" from mainstream society for a number of years and has virtually no contact with anyone else.

It may be that Arthur Radley's mental status is not 100% creating a situation in that he is forever a child without the adult ability to reason. However, Boo does know right from wrong and makes a heroic effort to save the Finch children from the vicious attack made on them by Bob Ewell.

 

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