At the beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is terrified of Boo Radley. There are stories and myths that circle about him, and his existence is something of a mystery. These myths range from him being disfigured to being involved with criminal activity. As a result, Scout, and many of the younger characters, are terrified of him, in spite of never actually seeing him.
Throughout the novel, Scout begins to learn lessons about caring for others, particularly the oppressed, from her father Atticus. So, Scout has more compassion and is more sympathetic to his plight later on, and when he surreptitiously sneaks out and gives her a blanket while she watches a house burn, her fears subside. She remains skeptical and curious about him, but comes to think of him as a positive force, as opposed to something to be feared.
At the beginning of the novel, Scout is a naive child, who fears Boo Radley and views him as a "malevolent phantom." Scout's overall perception of Boo stems from Jem 's fantastic...
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