Why do the people of Maycomb dislike the Radleys?

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Primarily, the townsfolk of Maycomb don't like the Radleys because they keep themselves to themselves. In this small Southern town, where everyone knows each other's business, it's considered almost offensive for people to cut themselves off from society. The Radleys don't actually mean or do any harm to anyone; but for local people that's not enough. In this neck of the woods it doesn't pay to be anti-social.

The Radleys are also unpopular on account of the colorful legends that have attached to Boo over the years. This factor's related to the first; it's precisely because the Radleys keep themselves to themselves that the local townsfolk have been able to make up all kinds of weird stories about them. Essentially, they're motivated by ignorance, filling in the huge gaps about what they really know of the Radleys with legend, gossip, and folk-tales.

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I’m not sure the town of Maycomb dislikes the Radleys as much as they find them a curiosity.  The town does pay it respects to the family by giving their condolences when Mr. and Mrs. Radley die.  Atticus even visits his neighbors to pay his respects when Mrs. Radley dies. The family’s behavior is steeped in mystery and rumors about what goes on in the Radley house. Supposedly, Boo stabs his father with a pair of scissors, sneaks out at night and peeps in windows, and eats cats and squirrels.  Boo has also been “locked up” in the Radley house ever since he was arrested as a teenager for drinking and hanging out with the wrong crowd.  The town sees the Radleys as odd more than anything else because of Boo’s behavior and the mystery surrounding why he has been kept in the house for so long.  The Radleys, in general, are really just a strange family whose behavior fuels legends and rumors for people to speculate about and to entertain their imaginations.

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