Identify appearance versus reality in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird—could Boo be an example of this theme?

Boo Radley is an example of the theme of appearance versus reality in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Virtually everyone in town thinks he's some kind of monster, a scary boogie-man. But in actual fact, as Scout and Jem eventually discover, he's a gentle soul, one of life's mockingbirds.

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Appearance vs reality is a very important theme in To Kill a Mockingbird. To a large extent, this is because Maycomb is steeped in prejudice of one kind or another. Inevitably, this means that people are all too quick to judge other folks, whether it's on the basis of the color of their skin or because they just don't fit in somehow.

Arthur "Boo" Radley definitely falls into the latter of these two categories. No one knows for sure who he is or what he's really like as a person. What they claim to know about him is derived from gossip, hearsay, and urban myth. Because of this, Boo has been turned into some kind of monster, a boogie-man figure who fascinates and repels in equal measure.

Scout, Jem, and Dill have heard all the stories, such as how Boo allegedly stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors. They use these stories to form the basis of the Boo Radley game, where they act out imagined scenes from Boo's supposedly chaotic home life.

The Boo Radley game, as they call it, is...

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