Why is Boo Radley so interested and protective of Jem and Scout? At the end Scout says that he watched "his" children as they grew up. He seems to have this connection to them,as if they're his...

Why is Boo Radley so interested and protective of Jem and Scout?

 At the end Scout says that he watched "his" children as they grew up. He seems to have this connection to them,as if they're his children...why??

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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Boo Radley looks as Jem and Scout as his children because he has not only watched them grow up, but he has nurtured them as well. Remember the torn pants he fixed and left on the fence? Remember the blanket he's placed around them the night of the fire? Boo's family effectively took away any chance he had for a naturally made family, so he adopted the children as surrogates for the gentleness his family denied. His greatest feat as a parent was saving Jem's life when Bob Ewell tried to kill him the night of the pageant.

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