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What did Miss Maudie think of the Radleys in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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In chapter 5, Scout asks Miss Maudie why Boo Radley refuses to leave his home, and Maudie proceeds to elaborate on the Radley family. Miss Maudie explains to Scout that Boo's father was a strict, foot-washing Baptist, who interpreted the Bible literally and lived an austere life. Essentially, Miss Maudie tells Scout that Boo's father was a religious fanatic, who was responsible for creating such a melancholy home. Judging from her interactions with the other foot-washing Baptists, Maudie does not agree with Mr. Radley's interpretation of the Bible, nor does she agree with his austere lifestyle. However, Miss Maudie does tell Scout that Boo Radley was a kind child who always treated her with respect. From the way Maudie speaks about Boo, one can infer that she feels sorry for him. Even though Maudie is unsure of what goes on behind the doors of the Radley home, she realizes that it is detrimental to Boo. Overall,...

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Mrs. Maudie knew Boo when he was a boy and believed he was really nice. She really hated how his father made sure that Boo could not go outside and play because of the mistake he made. When the children say that Boo a myth, Maudie in fact corrected them and she felt bad at what Boo had been through.