Jem,Scout,Dill have an desire to see Boo Radley.whats the psychological reason for the childrens do they try get make contact with himwe have to write a essay about this please help...

Jem,Scout,Dill have an desire to see Boo Radley.whats the psychological reason for the childrens do they try get make contact with him

we have to write a essay about this please help me out they also want to know how is the outcome of all attempts

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missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The children have many methods and ideas to help settle that curiosity of helping Boo come out.

In one instance, they try to get a note up to the window by tying it to the end of a fishing pole. This doesn't exactly work because they get in trouble with Atticus for trying.

One of Dill's ideas is to leave a trail of lemon drops out of the house for him to follow. The kids never try this, but talk about doing it.

THe incident that occured during the middle of the night when Jem lost his pants was an effort to see Boo, but the outcome was that Nathan Radley came out and scared the kids by firing a shot in the air.  

An important note about the knothole, the kids don't necessarily think it's Boo putting things in there. They believe for a time that those items are a bus child's and the child used the knothole as a hiding spot. In fact, we know it is between the children and Boo that these gifts are exchanged, but the text never says that.

I think something else to thin kabout as you craft your essay is the fact that it is human nature to want what you can't have. Boo was off limits. The more they were stifled in their efforts, the more they desired to see him.

anthonda49 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Children, by nature, have a sense of curiosity. For boys, especially, this fascination tends to be more morbid. Since Scout is a tomboy, she fits in with Jem and Dill in their quest of Boo Radley. Rumors have it that Boo stabbed his father in the leg with scissors and eats small animals raw. Of course, the children want to find out if all this is true. Boys tend to dare each other to do things; if a dare is not taken, there goes his masculine reputation. Dill dares Jem to run up and touch Boo's house one night. He does so, but on his way back is shot at and loses his pants in the fence. Since there was no television and other forms of entertainment, children of that time had to make up their own forms of enjoyment. The children also find treasures hidden in the knothole of a tree bordering the Finch's yard with the Radley's. They suspect Boo is the one hiding treasures, until Nathan  cements up the hole, ending the association between his brother and the children. As the children interact more with Boo, they see a kinder side to him than the rumors indicate. So, their curiosity to see the real Boo grows.

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