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Why does Mr. Nathan Radley fill the in the tree with cement?  Do you accept his reason...

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lynnajohnson | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2010 at 7:22 AM via web

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Why does Mr. Nathan Radley fill the in the tree with cement?  Do you accept his reason as truth?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 9, 2010 at 8:22 AM (Answer #1)

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Nathan Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird" became like his father. His father was anti-social and kept the boys and his wife confined to the home.  Scout and Jem said that Mr. Radley was the only one who went to town.  It was a known fact in the town that Boo was kept secluded.  The townspeople thought when Mr. Radley died that they would finally get to see Boo after not having seen him for so many years.  However, it did not happen.  Nathan took over and continued the same lifestyle as his father.

No, I don't believe that Nathan told the truth.  He may have felt that Boo could get accused of something if he kept trying to communicate with the children.  It could have been his way of protecting his brother.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 9, 2010 at 7:26 AM (Answer #2)

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This happens in Chapter 7 of the book.  When Nathan Radley fills the knot hole in the tree with cement, he says that it is because the tree is sick.

I really do not believe that Mr. Radley is telling the truth when he says that he did it because the tree was sick.  Cement would not be very likely to help a tree stop being sick.  In addition, Atticus tells Jem that the tree was not sick.  Instead, I believe that Nathan does it because he does not want Boo to keep leaving gifts for the kids -- just out of meanness, really.

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