On what page does it say how Boo Radley's Father died? Did Boo Radley kill him? Is Boo the youngest son? 

On what page does it describe how Boo Radley's father died? Did Boo Radley kill his father? Is Boo the youngest son?

 

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tinicraw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One way to remember one Radley from another is by the way Scout refers to each one. Mr. Radley is the father; Mr. Nathan Radley is the older brother; and Arthur Radley is the younger brother whose nickname is Boo. When Scout talks to Miss Maudie or her father about Boo Radley, she either corrects herself or is corrected to call him Arthur Radley and not not by his nickname. The way the names "Boo" and "Arthur" are used interchangeably can cause a reader some confusion.

Mr. Radley's death is explained in chapter one as follows:

"But there came a day when Atticus told us he'd wear us out if we made any noise in the yard and commissioned Calpurnia to serve in his absence if she heard a sound out of us. Mr. Radley was dying. . . He took his time about it" (12).

The passage suggests that Mr. Radley must have been laid up in bed sick before his death because the children needed to be quiet for a long time. Therefore, no one killed Mr. Radley. Arthur (Boo) Radley's brother Nathan then comes to live with his younger brother after Mr. Radley dies. Nathan shouldn't be considered all bad because it is kind of him to come take care of his younger brother after their father passes; but, he is described as being just as mean as his father was.

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter 1, on page 15 of the Grand Central Publishing edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout recalls the death of Mr. Radley. Scout mentions that Atticus had told them that he would spank them if they made any noise in the yard because Mr. Radley was dying. Although Scout does not go into great detail about how Mr. Radley passed away, one can assume that he either died of natural causes or illness. It is highly unlikely that Boo killed his father because he would have been arrested and Mr. Radley's death would have been sudden. Arthur "Boo" Radley is the youngest son in the Radley family. He has an older brother named Nathan Radley who comes home to take care of him after their father passes away. Similar to his father, Nathan Radley does not allow Boo to leave the house and even prevents Boo from communicating with Jem and Scout by filling the knothole of the tree with cement. 

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