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What are some quotes about Boo and Tom being misunderstood and mistreated throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?  

Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, there are more instances of Boo being misunderstood, such as through the rumors that circulate about him. Tom is more often mistreated, including through his conviction.

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, both Arthur “Boo” Radley and Tom Robinson are subject to misunderstanding and mistreatment by many people in Maycomb. Radley is the subject of many rumors, in part because he is a recluse and few people know him personally. Instances of mistreatment by adults are not mentioned. Instead, the children’s harassment is emphasized. A contrasting situation is presented for Tom Robinson, who was apparently considered a respectable citizen until Mayella Ewell accused him of rape. His mistreatment takes precedence over misunderstanding, as he is tried and convicted, and then later killed.

In the early chapters of the novel, Scout provides a few of the many rumors that Maycomb people circulate about Arthur Radley. The fantastic stories that people invent and repeat...

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