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Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Posted April 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM via web

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Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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

Posted April 30, 2013 at 11:52 PM (Answer #1)

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The Radley Place fascinates Scout, Jem, and Dill because it is a place of mystery.

As with many unknowns, the Radleys are a little creepy.  They keep to themselves, and Boo Radley is never seen outside the house.  Naturally, rumors and legends abound.  The children enjoy these stories because they bring excitement to an otherwise boring childhood.  This is a small town in the deep South in the Great Depression.  Children had to make their own entertainment.

The Radley Place was inhabited by an unknown entity the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end… (ch 1)

Boo Radley is described as a monster by children and adults alike.  He is said to creep around at night eating cats and peeking in windows.  In actuality, he is just sad and lonely.  The children come to realize this, and he becomes their friend and protector.

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