Briefly, what has happened to Arthur "Boo" Radley in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird?

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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Arthur "Boo" Radley is an important character. According to Miss Maudie who remembers Arthur as a boy, "He always spoke nicely to me." When "Boo" was a young man, as portrayed by Scout, Jem and Dill's game, he got into trouble through an adolescent prank, and his father confined him to the house for a very long time which today would be considered abusive.  Later in his confinement, Arthur supposedly stabbed his father with a scissors and then continued as if nothing had happened.  This confirmed for the townspeople that "Boo" was bad, and as an outsider, to be avoided.  Thus, "Boo" confines himself to the house rather than be forever pointed out and visible to everyone in town.  This way, his isolation keeps him away from the curiosity and attention of the townspeople, which to him is anathema.

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