In the movie To Kill a Mockingbird, how does the plot develop so that the children eventually change their perception of Boo Radley?

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At the beginning of the film To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout, Jem, and Dill view their neighbor, Boo Radley, with fear and suspicion.  They had heard many rumors about Boo, like that he stays chained to his bed most of the time and that he only comes out at night.  They believe that Boo is over six feet tall, eats animals raw, and has a large scar on his face.  Dill's aunt tells a story of when Boo stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors.  She feeds the children's fear of Boo.  

Later, the children find gifts in the knot hole of an old tree.  They find two carved figurines that resemble themselves.  Jem confesses to Scout that he has been finding gifts in the knot hole for awhile.  He shows her the gifts and they realize that the gifts are from Boo.  Jem also tells her that the night his pants got stuck on the fence, someone folded them and set them out for him.  This is a turning point in the plot as their opinion on Boo shifts.  They start to view him more as a mysterious friend and a person who is probably lonely.  

Near the end, Jem and Scout are walking home together through the woods at night.  Bob Ewell attacks them, but Boo Radley appears and kills him.  Boo carries an injured Jem home.  Scout notices Boo at the house and takes his hand.  They realize that Boo is a true friend.

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