What are some of the town secrets in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1. Mr. Radley and Nathan Radley keep Boo inside the home through mysterious, unknown means. In chapter 5, Miss Maudie tells Scout that she doesn't know what secrets lie behind the Radley's closed doors.

2. Jem, Scout, and Dill were the intruders who raided the Radley yard.

3. Mrs. Dubose battled a morphine addiction, which she was able to beat before her death.

4. The Old Sarum bunch sent Sheriff Tate on a "snipe hunt" and traveled into town the night before the trial in hopes of lynching Tom Robinson. However, Atticus was waiting outside of the Maycomb jailhouse to prevent them from harming Tom.

5. The real reason why Dolphus Raymond's wife blew her head off using a shotgun right before their wedding.

6. Bob Ewell likely abuses his daughter.

7. One of the Cunninghams from Old Sarum voted for Tom Robinson's acquittal while the jury was deliberating.

8. Toward the end of the novel, Sheriff Tate refuses to inform the town about Boo Radley's heroics in order to protect him from the community's limelight. Instead, Sheriff Tate tells the community that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife and died.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator


  • Dill's Aunt Rachel is a closet drinker, sneaking "a pint for breakfast every morning."
  • The knothole in the Radley tree and the gifts that Jem and Scout received.
  • Mr. Avery's long distance peeing exhibition.
  • The real reason Jem lost his pants in the Radley collard patch.
  • Mrs. Dubose's morphine addiction.
  • Miss Maudie's much-guarded recipe for Lane cake.
  • The Finches' illustrious relative, Joshua St. Clair, tried to shoot the president of the University of Alabama.
  • The names of the "wicked children" who hid the Barber sisters' furniture in the basement one Halloween.
  • That Boo Radley actually killed Bob Ewell.
beezer03 | Student

Well there are a few town secrets in Macomb County. First there is Boo Radley, the mysterious neighbor to Jem and Scout. He never comes out and is shrouded in mystery. Rumor has it that he went crazy and stabbed his father. Later in the novel we find out the truth about this. Another secret is Atticus' ability to shoot a gun. He is the best shot in Macomb County, but very few people know this. The third big secret is that Mr. Raymond the town drunk is actually never drunk. He drinks Cola from his paper bag and just pretends to be drunk so that he will not have to talk to anyone. This novel is filled with secrets most of which are also symbolic.

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