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lynnajohnson | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 9, 2010 at 6:40 AM via web

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How does Boo Radley show courage throughout the novel?

I need at least three solid examples in my essay.  Suggestions?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted February 9, 2010 at 6:45 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" Boo Radley has not been around people for many years.  He observes the children playing by his house.  Boo musters up the courage and starts leaving them little gifts.  He is reaching out to a very scary outside world.

The next thing that Boo does is he begins to monitor the children.  It has been stated that people thought that he went out when no one saw him at night.  One night he saves the children from Bob Ewell by stabbing him.  This is also a brave act.

Boo collects up Jem and rushes him to Atticus' house.  Boo enters the house with the boy.  He has not had human contact other than his brother for many years so his took a lot of courage.  He even stays to finish talking with the sheriff and Atticus.

One of the bravest things he does is to touch Jem and to allow Scout to allow him to hold her arm as they walk home.

 

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 9, 2010 at 7:15 AM (Answer #2)

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I think it will be important for you to show the theory of Boo's character and what we come to find out is his actual character as you develop this theme of Boo's courage. Remember how all the townspeople viewed him as a phantom menace who haunted people and ate raw animals? (check page 9) What we came to understand about him is that he is a shy and innocent childish character who maybe doesn't experience the world like the rest of us. This is why his episodes of courage are so important.

I would add that it was courageous of Boo to retrieve and sew Jem's pants quickly enough to have them waiting on the fence for him, and to have covered Scout with a blanket. Both of these are assumptions the reader can justifiably make although it is not deliberately stated in the text that Boo did these things. It is interesting to note why Boo acts courageously: always out of protection of those two children.

I hope in your conclusion you take care to point out that courage doesn't always arrive in the masculine confident way we expect... sometimes it looks a little bit different.

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