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Who does the gray ghost symbolize in chapter 31 of "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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lisak1993 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2008 at 4:44 AM via web

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Who does the gray ghost symbolize in chapter 31 of "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 13, 2008 at 5:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Though it is Bob Ewell who dies that evening, I believe it is actually Boo Radley who is symbolized by the book The Gray Ghost. Boo lives a colorless, ghostlike existence in the Radley household, and when Scout meets him she describes Boo as having gray eyes that are almost colorless, hair that is "dead and thin," and a white face and hands.

Also like the book, Scout initially thinks Boo is "real scary" but finds out that he is benign and even kind. In the same way, this scary book that Atticus reads to Scout actually lulls her to sleep.

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