How does Scout perceive Boo in to Kill a Mockingbird? Include specific evidence found in the text to back up your statements.

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At the beginning of the novel, Scout percieves Boo as the frightening neighbor who terrorizes animals and commits small crimes throughout the community during the night. In Chapter 1, Scout refers to Boo Radley as the "malevolent phantom." (Lee 10) In Chapter 5, Scout is sitting with Miss Maudie on her front porch and asks her if Boo Radley is still alive. Miss Maudie tells Scout that Boo is still alive because she had not seen him carried out yet. Scout says, "Maybe he died and they stuffed him up the chimney." (Lee 57) When Maudie asks Scout where she would even get that idea from, Scout tells her that's what Jem thought. Scout believes her older and Jem's imaginative descriptions of Boo Radley has affected the way Scout perceives Boo. Scout fears Boo Radley and in Chapter 6 she is hesitant to follow her brother and Dill on their "raid." Based off of the rumors, Scout believes that Boo is a violent individual capable of heinous acts. In Chapter 8, Mrs. Radley dies. Scout and Jem believe that Boo had finally killed his mother, but are disappointed when Atticus tells them she died of natural causes. Later on in the chapter, Boo quietly covers Scout with a blanket without her knowing while she is standing outside watching Maudie's house burn. The next morning, Atticus tells Scout that Boo Radley was the one who gave her the blanket. When Scout hears this, she almost throws up. At this point in the novel, Scout still perceives Boo as a threat but is beginning to question his intentions. As the novel progresses, Scout begins to view Boo Radley with sympathy and doesn't think they should "bother" him anymore. At the end of the book, Scout finally perceives Boo for who he really is...their kind, caring, shy neighbor.

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