Early on in the novel, Scout is terrified of her reclusive neighbor, Arthur "Boo" Radley. She believes all of the false rumors about Boo and refers to him as the "malevolent phantom." In Chapter 5, Jem tells Scout and Dill about the new game that he has created. When Jem explains to them that they will be acting out Boo's life story, Scout refuses to play because she is scared of Boo. Scout says,
"He can get out at night when we're all asleep..." (Lee 25).
As the novel progresses, Scout continues to fear Boo Radley. In Chapter 8, Boo Radley covers Scout with a blanket without her knowing while she is watching Maudie's house fire. The next morning when Atticus tells Scout that Boo put the blanket over her shoulders, Scout says,
"My stomach turned to water and I nearly threw up when Jem held out the blanket and crept toward me" (Lee 45).
Following Bob Ewell's attack towards the end of the novel, Scout meets Boo for the first time and listens as Sheriff Tate explains to Atticus why he refuses to tell the community about Boo's heroics. When Atticus asks Scout if she understands, Scout says,
"Well, it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?" (Lee 170).
Scout's ability to perceive Boo Radley as an innocent individual displays her maturation and moral development.
In Chapter 31, Scout walks Boo Radley to his home and looks out at their neighborhood while she is standing on Boo's porch. She comments,
"Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives" (Lee 172).
At the end of the novel, Scout finally views Boo Radley as a kind, shy, and caring person.