Why did Boo Radley save Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird?Any other answer apart from he had a liking for the kids or that he appreciated the way Atticus was defending Tom.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Although Scout and Jem had never seen Boo Radley, Boo had certainly been keeping a watch on them. Some of the neighborhood rumors about Boo were probably true: He did occasionally creep around at night, since he had made contact with the children before the assault by Bob Ewell (placing the blanket on Scout's shoulders and by mending Jem's lost pants). Boo had initiated the leaving of gifts in the knothole, and he watched them from within the Radley house as the children rolled the tire and played their Boo Radley game on the sidewalk.

Boo was the children's neighbor, friend and protector--Jem and Scout were "his children," too--although it took Scout a long time to recognize this. On that fateful Halloween night, Boo may have seen the children leave alone and unescorted, and decided to keep an eye on them. Boo may or may not have even known about the Tom Robinson trial or Bob's threats against Atticus, but then again, Boo was one surprising fellow. 

     Boo was our neighbor...
     Summer, and he watched his children's heart break. Autumn again, and Boo's children needed him.  (Chapter 31)
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fishman | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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Because he is not as bad as he seemed, and had started to like the kids after the number of times they had met, even if it was at a window. He is a nice person and any self respecting person would have done the same.

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