What are some differences between Tom Robinson and Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird? 

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There are several notable differences between the characters of Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Tom Robinson is an African-American who has a wife and children. Boo Radley is the Finch's reclusive neighbor who lives inside his house with his brother, Nathan Radley. Tom Robinson is well-known throughout the community and often helps Mayella Ewell with chores on his way to and from work. Boo Radley is unemployed and is rarely seen outside of his home. Tom Robinson has a crippled left arm, and Boo Radley does not appear to have any physical ailments. Tom Robinson is accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell and appears in court. Boo Radley has never been accused of raping anyone and does not appear in court after he stabs and kills Bob Ewell. Boo Radley attempts to have a friendly relationship with Scout and Jem, while Tom Robinson is a relative stranger to the children. The majority of the black community supports Tom and his family, while the majority of the white community spreads rumors and views the Radleys with contempt. 

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