To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How does Harper Lee portray Boo Radley in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Over the course of To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo Radley is transformed from a bloodthirsty ghoul who feasts on raw animals and peeps in windows to the most heroic and sympathetic character in the novel. Most readers would question the gossip that has been spread (by "three-fourths colored folks and one-fourth Stephanie Crawford," according to Miss Maudie) through Scout's narration, and Boo's run-in with the law and the unusual punishment he receives from his father creates sympathy for Boo even in the early chapters. Although Scout and Jem don't seem to immediately realize from where the gifts in the secret knothole come, the reader...

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