In To Kill a Mockingbird, what four ways is Boo Radley a part of Jem and Scout's lives?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

    The mysterious Boo Radley becomes the primary focus of Jem and Scout's lives (at least before and after the trial of Tom Robinson) in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The Radley house and the inhabitants therein become the center of the children's fantasy life, supplying the characters for their dramas and the focus of their detective work. They desperately want to meet Boo and make him a new friend. In return, they supply Boo with a link to the outside world and a pair of would-be friends in waiting. They learn from Atticus many valuable lessons that indirectly relate to Boo.

Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.

    The children's persistent efforts to make Boo a part of their lives becomes fulfilled when he saves them from Bob Ewell on Halloween. The fantasies become reality and Scout discovers that Boo is a gentle man; she even overcomes her fear of the Radley house as she escorts Boo home, where she sees a whole new view of the town from his front porch.

I had never seen the neighborhood from this angle... I felt very old.

 

pear | Student

he was a fatherly figure, a protector, a friend.

this can be seen thru the gifts he gave them thru the knothole in the tree,

when he protected scout from the cold by placing a blanket over her during the fire at miss maudie's

protected jem and scout from bob ewell's attack at the end of a novel_ willing to risk his safety, as well as discomfort in being out of his home

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