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In To Kill A Mockingbird, what events foreshadow Boo's protective nature? 

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Posted November 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM via iOS

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, what events foreshadow Boo's protective nature? 

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 30, 2012 at 5:40 PM (Answer #1)

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, certain events foreshadow Boo's protective nature. When Jem tears his pants on Boo's fence, Jem has to leave his pants, caught in the barbed-wire fence at the Radley's place. Boo finds Jem's pants and sees that they have been torn. Boo is very concerned about Jem's torn pants. Boo sews the pants, mending the tear. Boo proves that he cares about Jem and does not want Jem to get in trouble for having torn his pants on the fence. This is an example of foreshadowing that Boo will protect Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell's vicious attack which happens by the end of the story. 

Also, Boo proves to be very protective of Scout on the night Miss Maudie's house burns down. Scout is sitting in the cool night air, watching Miss Maudie's house burn down. Boo is concerned that Scout may be cold. He wraps a blanket around her. This is an example of foreshadowing that supports Boo's decision to save Jem's and Scout's lives by the end of the story.

By the end of the story, Boo saves Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell's attack. Boo kills Bob Ewell before Bob Ewell kills Jem and Scout. No doubt, Boo is very protective over Jem and Scout. Throughout the novel, we see instances in which Boo proves how protective he really is over Jem and Scout. These examples are foreshadowing of Boo's heroic act when he saves Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell's dangerous behavior. 

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