What are the characteristics of Boo Radley in "To Kill A Mockingbird"?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Boo Radley is a willing recluse, choosing to withdraw from society.  Because of this, he is misunderstood and labeled as strange or different.  He becomes the target of the children's imaginations and they often play "Boo Radley" games.

Boo hasn't been seen by anyone in public for a very long time, and rumors abound of his violent tendencies, including, but not limited to, the time he attacked his father with scissors.  These are the stories the children act out in their games, and they dare one another to "touch" the house and to spy on the Radley home.

Boo, in reality, is a kind-hearted, quiet person who chooses to do good deeds without recognition or reward.  He leaves gum and other small gifts for the children in the tree, wraps Scout in a blanket, and rescues the children from the attack from Bob Ewell.

Despite the rumors and stories of violence, Boo Radley is a lot like Batman...he moves silently in the dark doing the work of the protector, not waiting around long enough for the pat on the back he deserves.  In living this way, he helps show Jem and Scout another side of human nature which in turn, along with the trial and other characters in their town, play a huge part in their moral and character education.

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