What is the comparison between Miss Maudie and Atticus's reaction to the games Dill, Scout, and Jem played about getting Boo out of the house?

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Atticus and Maudie share similar views of the game, but Atticus is concerned with how the family feels and Maudie is more concerned with how Boo feels.

Atticus disapproves of the children’s Boo Radley games.  He believes that every human being should be treated with respect, and considers the game disrespectful because it makes fun of the Radleys and glorifies the rumors about Boo Radley.  He asks the children to put themselves in Boo Radley’s place, and think about how it feels to be made fun of. 

What Mr. Radley did was his own business. If he wanted to come out, he would. If he wanted to stay inside his own house he had the right to stay inside free from the attentions of inquisitive children, which was a mild term for the likes of us. (ch 5)

When Scout asks Miss Maudie about the Radleys, she responds that it is a “morbid subject” (ch 5).  She sympathizes with Boo and does not like the Radley’s hypocritical ways.

“[Sometimes] the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of-oh, of your father." (ch 5)

Miss Maudie tries to humanize Boo, reminding Scout that people sometimes do things behind closed doors that they wouldn’t do in public.



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