To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How is Boo Radley discriminated against in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Arthur "Boo" Radley is a victim of prejudice and discrimination because of his taboo, enigmatic lifestyle. Unlike the majority of Maycomb citizens, Boo Radley is a reclusive, shy individual, who rarely leaves his home and is never seen during the daytime. The Radley home is also dilapidated and rather spooky, which strikes fear into local children and raises suspicion among his neighbors. Boo Radley suffers from discrimination at the hands of his prejudiced neighbors, who blame him for any small crime and spread unflattering rumors about him peeking into windows and killing small animals. Miss Stephanie Crawford, the neighborhood scold, spreads rumors that Boo Radley is a mentally unstable, violent individual, who stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors for presumably no reason at all. The local children also discriminate against Boo in that they gossip about his malevolent, deranged personality.

Despite the negative rumors surrounding Boo Radley, he is a kind, compassionate...

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