To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How are the Radleys different from the other people in Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The Radleys are characters in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. This novel takes place in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama.

In the town of Maycomb, most people are social with one another. The townsfolk often interact at gatherings or at church. It is common for the people of the town to sit on their porches and visit with neighbors as they pass by. This is something that happens frequently to the Finch children, Scout and Jem, as they walk to and from school.

The Radley family is different because they are reclusive people. Arthur and Nathan Radley do not often leave their home. Because Arthur "Boo" Radley is such a mystery, people have started to believe that he is a monster. Children in Maycomb, especially Scout and Jem, try to play a game to get Boo to leave his house. In reality, the Radley family is not a family of villains. They are people who want to keep to themselves and not cause any harm to society.

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