To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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What is the background of Boo Radley? Why had he been locked up in his own home?

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zumba96 | Student

There was an ongoing rumor that Boo Radley had stabbed his father in the leg and was forced to stay inside the house. However as he grew older and he knew the dangers of society, he decided to stay indoors and isolated from the harm society can bring. When the kids were younger they did not believe Boo Radley was real and made a game of him as if he was a myth, however Scout's father said you cannot understand someone unless you are in their shoes. Through this novel we are able to learn how Boo Radley is an innocent mockingbird. 

elisfeyzie | Student

Boo Radley didnt really stab his father in the leg! Those were just rumers spread by the neighbors!!! Boo Radley chose to stay isolated from Maycomb County!

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book To Kill a Mockingbird Boo Bradley is a man who is feebleminded and has been kept sheltered or locked away from the world by a controlling father and later by a controlling brother.

As a child he had been seen around town with his mother.  The family was always very antisocial.  His father, Mr. Radley was a controlling man who ruled hard and heavy.  When his other son started to get into trouble he laid down his own law and kept him home.

The father went out in town but the mother and boys stayed home.  Once Boo stabbed his father in the leg and was locked up.  His father made the judge let him return home.

People in the town mock Boo and he is talked about like he is the town Boogie man.  They are frightened of the idea of what he could really be like.

After Boo's father dies the townspeople believe they will get to see Boo but his brother takes over where his father left off and Boo is still kept away from people.  However, there is a belief that Boo wanders in yards in the middle of the night.

Boo protects the children from Bob Eewell.  He demonstrates that he is not the monster that people thought he was.