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Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:42 AM via web

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What is an example of an inference that can be made based on incidents involving Boo Radley Chapters 6 & 7 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:05 AM (Answer #1)

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We can infer that Boo Radley both pays attention to and cares about what Jem and Scout do and how they feel.

In chapter 6, Jem, Dill and Scout attempt to make contact with Boo Radley again.  They try to reach out to him through the back porch.  Unfortunately, they see a shadow and run. 

[We] sensed that Jem was not with us. We ran back and found him struggling in the fence, kicking his pants off to get loose. He ran to the oak tree in his shorts. (ch 6)

Nathan Radley has a shotgun, thinking he has seen an intruder.  Scout and Jem make up a story about the missing pants, and later Jem goes back to fetch them.  He is worried that Atticus will realize that he disobeyed him and be disappointed.  When Jem goes back to find the pants, he finds them inexpertly mended.

In chapter 6, we see how Boo Radley is both intuitive and empathetic.  He is able to realize that Jem wanted to see him, and also that he would be in trouble for losing his pants.  As a result, Boo takes Jem’s pants and mends them.  He cares about Jem.  He is trying to protect him.  Just as Jem and Scout try to protect Boo later in the novel, Boo is reaching out.

 

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