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Jem and Scout Finch and their friend, Dill, are obsessed with seeing Boo Radley. They are consumed with the gossip they have heard about what has happened to Boo Radley. The children are scared of him, yet they are so intrigued with him.
Boo Radley's father has been taking care of Boo for years. He has done so alone, after his wife died. The children see his father walking to work and home from work, but that is all they know of him. Jem and Dill make up wild stories about what Boo is really like. During their summer breaks, they make up plays on what the townspeople have told them about Boo Radley's history. When Boo's father finally passes away, Boo's older brother, Nathan, moves in. Nathan takes over for his father, in taking care of Boo.
Harper Lee created characters that are hard to forget. She weaves an almost magical tale where Boo is concerned. From the very beginning of the story, we learn that Boo will become a big part of the story. The mystery that surrounds Boo and his father, keeps the readers wanting to know what the story is. You feel sadness for Boo when his father dies. You feel pity for Nathan, when he has to go and take the caretaker role his father had done for so many years. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic that will live on forever and Boo Radley will live in the hearts of the readers from the first page to the last.
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