Early on in the novel there are suggestions that Boo is not the monster that many in the town paint him to be. While the town gossip Miss Stephanie fuels the children's fear of boo by telling them wild stories about him, more levelheaded people such as Atticus tell the children to
mind his own business and let the Radleys mind theirs, they had a right to.
Calpurnia goes further by saying that Mr. Radley, Boo's father, is
The meanest man God ever blew breath into.
Miss Maudie shows support for Boo by telling the children,
Arthur Radley just stays in the house, that’s all ... Wouldn’t you stay in the house if you didn’t want to come out?
This suggests such levelheaded people have a degree of sympathy for Boo Radley. As Scout tells us in the first chapter, Mr. Radley kept his son locked up in the house for fifteen years. If Boo suffers mental health problems, it is because he hasn't been allowed to interact with anyone else except his family since he was a teenager. It's perhaps this support...
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