To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely an excellent novel in that .
it portrays life and the role of racism in the 1930's. A reader may .
not interpret several aspects in and of the book through just the .
plain text. Boo Radley, Atticus, and the title represent three such .
Not really disclosed to the reader until the end of the book, .
Arthur "Boo" Radley plays an important role in the development of .
both Scout and Jem. In the beginning of the story, Jem, Scout, and .
Dill fabricate horror stories about Boo. They find Boo as a character .
of their amusement, and one who has no feelings whatsoever. They .
tried to get a peep at him, just to see what Boo looked like. Scout .
connects Boo with the Mockingbird. Mrs. Maudie defines a mockingbird .
as one who ".don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They .
don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do .
one thing but sing their hearts out for us" (94). Boo is exactly .
that. Boo is the person who put a blanket around Scout and Jem when .
it was cold. Boo was the one putting "gifts" in the tree. Boo even .
sewed up Jem's pants that tore on Dill's last night. Boo was the one .
who saved their lives. On the contrary to Scout's primary belief, Boo .
never harms anyone. Scout also realizes that she wrongfully treated .
Boo when she thinks about the gifts in the tree. She never gave .
anything back to Boo, except love at the end. When Scout escorts .
Arthur home and stands on his front porch, she sees the same street .
she saw, just from an entirely different perspective. Scout learns .
what a Mockingbird is, and who represents one.
Arthur Radley not only plays an important role in developing .
Scout and Jem, but helps in developing the novel. Boo can be divided .
into three stages. Primitively, Boo is Scout's worst nightmare. .
However, the author hints at Boo actually existing as a nice person .
when he places things in the tree.