How does Scout's and Jem's understanding of Boo Radley develop?

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At the beginning of the novel, Jem and Scout fear Boo Radley and believe the negative rumors surrounding their reclusive neighbor. Jem believes that Boo resembles a monster and Scout refers to him as a "malevolent phantom." As the novel progresses, Jem and Dill make several attempts to communicate and view Boo Radley. Following the children's raid, Jem returns to the Radley yard to retrieve his pants and discovers them repaired and folded over the fence. Jem takes note of this mysterious event and begins to suspect that Boo may not be the "malevolent phantom" they once thought. The Finch children then begin receiving gifts in the knothole of the Radley tree from an anonymous source. At this point in the novel, Jem realizes that Boo is a compassionate man and not the insensitive creature they imagined. Being that Scout is four years younger than Jem, she is still naive and does not perceive Boo as a regular neighbor.

Scout continues to fear Boo even after he gives her his blanket during...

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