How does the author establish a feeling of mystery in this chapter?I have only gotten through chapter one.

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Throughout chapter one, the author tells the alleged story of Boo Radley through the eyes of a 6 year-old. This is important because 6-year-olds rarely keep track of enough details to be able to tell a story correctly. Yet, the details about Boo Radley and his blood-stained hands while he is a peeping-tom on Miss Stephanie prove that he possesses enough rumors about him to convince children he is a man of mystery worth keeping much distance from.

Furthermore, the author builds in some quirky situations that make us wonder as a reading audience. Scout, the narrator, refers to her father as "Atticus" instead of dad. The children also come close to the house of this alleged phantom in Boo Radley. Jem actually touches the house and mystery is built in Scout's mind when she sees the curtains move just a little bit. This let's us know there is someone in there, and the timing makes it seem that someone is watching them.

These unknowns that the author creates build mystery.

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