Explain how Boo Radley interacts with the children and what his actions reveal about his feelings and attitude.
Use the following points in your answer:
Arthur's reactions to their efforts to see him.
The gifts in the knothole.
The night of the fire.
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Boo never verbally communicates with any of the children until he quietly "almost whispered... 'Will you take me home?' to Scout in the final chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird. Before that, he used the knothole of the tree to give Jem and Scout gifts. He also mended Jem's pants after the children's raid to the Radley porch, and he comforted Scout with a blanket on the night of the fire. His actions show his intent to remain invisible and silent, but they still showed the children that he was not the ghoul that town gossip dictated. When old Mr. Radley found out about the communication via the knothole, he immediately cemented it up in order to keep Boo away from any contact with the children; yet Boo still found a few ways (mentioned above) to show his tender side. His final heroic deed at the end solidified his true nature, though it would prove to be the last that any of the children would see or hear from him again. Boo apparently wanted to maintain his absolute privacy and secrecy once he knew his special friends would be safe with Bob Ewell out of the way.
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