What Does Boo Radley Look Like

According to Jem's description, what does Boo look like?

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jrinkel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Towards the end of chapter 1, Jem describes Boo Radley as a monster. Jem, as any child would do, tends to exaggerate the description. The residents of Maycomb knew something was a little different about the Radleys on the corner. Stories had circulated for many years about the happenings at the Radley house. Through various discussions with Calpurnia, Atticus, and his neighbor Stephanie Crawford, Jem described Boo Radley as a ghostly figure that comes out at night. Boo Radley becomes the topic of the children's imagination through games and other mischief. Below is Jem's description:

"Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained - if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time."

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 1, Scout recalls Jem's fantastical description of their reclusive neighbor, Arthur "Boo" Radley. Jem, who gets most of his information from Miss Stephanie, begins by mentioning Boo only leaves his home when it is pitch-black outside. Jem proceeds to tell Scout and Dill that Boo Radley's head looks like a skull and says he walks rigidly, dragging his feet on the ground as he moves. According to Jem, Boo is approximately six-and-a-half feet tall with bloodstained hands from eating raw squirrels and cats. Jem also mentions that Boo has unsettling, yellow eyes and a long, jagged scar across his face. Jem then tells Scout and Dill that Boo also has rotten, yellow teeth and drools often. Jem's fantastical description of Boo reveals his active imagination and naive perspective on life. As the novel progresses, Jem and the children mature and learn that Boo is simply a shy, compassionate man. 

aszerdi | Student

The following is a passage fromTo Kill a Mockingbirdwhere Jem describes the appearance of  Boo Radley.

"Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained - if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time."

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