I am writing a character monologue from the perspective of Boo Radley after he saves Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird. What tense should I use?It says after he saves, so is it past tense?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Even though you are communicating the action that happened after Boo's encounter with Bob Ewell, you do not necessarily have to use a past tense monologue. You could have Boo describe the events as if it were happening at that moment.

"I am watching the children pass through the darkness, and I see a man stumbling after them. I wait until they nearly pass me, and then I see that he is about to attack them. I move forward..."

You could create a monologue with Boo giving a statement to Sheriff Tate where he describes what happened from his point of view. I think a past tense monologue would be easier, but a use of present tense might be more interesting and challenging.

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