In To Kill a Mockingbird, what did the kids do in the game of Boo's life? Do you think the game is an accurate version of what happens in the Radleys' home?

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In Chapter 4, Jem, Scout, and Dill begin to play a new game called “Boo Radley.” (4.51) Scout played the role of Mrs. Radley, Dill was old Mr. Radley, and Jem played the role of Boo. Jem would often crawl under the front steps and howl like an animal to portray the beastly version of Boo Radley. The plot of the “little drama” centered on neighborhood rumors and stories of the Radleys. Mrs. Radley was depicted as a sad individual who lost most of her teeth, hair, and right finger after Boo bit it off. Jem’s character, Boo, was notorious for gnawing on furniture all day, given his animal-like instincts. The children would portray Boo’s incident with the law, and remade the scene in which Boo stabbed his father. I believe this game is not an accurate version of what happens in the Radley home. The way Jem acts like an animal, gnawing, howling, and biting fingers off is an example of a child’s imagination at work. These rumors ignite the imaginations of children, and are not accurate descriptions of the Radley home.

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