In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, what characteristics of children in general are revealed through the Boo Radley game? Why doesn't Scout enjoy the game as much as the boys do? 

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In Chapter 4, the children play "One Man's Family," which is a "melancholy drama" that depicts what goes on in the Radley home according to the children's imaginations. Jem, of course, plays the main character, Boo Radley. Dill plays a variety of characters and is the best actor of the bunch. Scout has only minor roles throughout the drama and plays the assorted ladies that enter the script. Jem's leadership qualities are depicted when he chooses to play the main role of Boo. Jem likes to be the center of attention and make most of the decisions, which is why he plays the leading role. Dill is the most talented child in the group which is evident by the fact that he plays several roles throughout the drama. Scout is marginalized because she is a female. She looks up to Jem and is eager to be a part of any activity the boys engage in, which is why she reluctantly participates. There are a couple of reasons as to why Scout is reluctant to join in "One Man's Family" and doesn't enjoy the game as much as the boys do. She has a feeling that Boo is still alive inside of his house. She fears that Boo will see them playing and sneak out at night to harm them. Scout also fears that Atticus will catch them impersonating their neighbors and punish them.

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