Scout is so ashamed that she and Jem wait backstage until the crowd is gone before they make their way home. On the walk She realizes that it is Boo Radley. Boo Radley, a mysterious neighbor who saves Scout and her brother Jem Truthfully, it is a kind of prejudice that spurs Jem and Dill to try to "get a look" at. Scout finally meets Boo Radley at the close of the book, and she finds that he is soft-spoken and compassionate. He sees Jem and Scout being attacked by Mr.
But Boo is undeterred and loves them, even with the probable knowledge that he is the object of their cruel, childish games. Tom also recognizes Mayella as a person in need.
On the witness stand, he testifies that he gladly helped her because "'Mr. Ewell didn't seem to help her none, and neither did the chillun. Both men know their town very well. Unbeknownst to the Finch children, Boo has watched them grow up.
The reader can fairly assume that Boo is also familiar with the Ewells, and probably doesn't think much more of them than the rest of Maycomb. Boo and Tom have had minor skirmishes with the law, but that past doesn't tarnish the kindness they show to others in the story.
To Kill a Mockingbird
The moment that Mayella makes a pass at Tom, he inherently knows that he's in serious danger. Truthfully, he probably knew that helping her without pay was not the safest thing for him to do, but the compassion of one human being for another won out over societal expectations. The children treat Boo with as much prejudice as the town shows Tom Robinson.
They assign characteristics to Boo without validation; they want to see Boo, not as their neighbor, but as a carnival-freak-show-type curiosity. Novels that deal with the formation of a maturing character are called bildungsroman or coming-of-age stories.
Scout as narrator is key to the novel's success. The reader has the advantage of a storyteller who can look back at a situation and see herself exactly as she was.
Scout tells the story from an adult point-of-view but with a child's eye and voice, which gives the story a good deal of humor and wit.
Scout's distance from the story also gives her some objectivity, although she admits that even in her objectivity, some events are questionable: Through Scout, Lee gives the reader a feel for the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, which is loosely based on Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
In this town, the rules of society are clearly set. One's social survival depends on how well he or she follows the rules. Scout, Jem, and Dill come to question these conventions as the story progresses. Where a person comes from — his ancestry — is important, and like many small towns, Maycomb's citizens are suspicious of outsiders. Dill is a crucial character in the story because he is both an insider and an outsider.
He hails from a different state, but because he is a child and because "His family was from Maycomb originally," he is accepted readily. Throughout the story, Dill acts as an observant conscience for the town.
The first example of Dill as conscience comes when he and Jem disagree about the method for making a turtle come out of its shell. A hefty portion of the story focuses on prejudice and the relationships between African Americans and whites in the Southern United States in general, and Maycomb, specifically.Scout Meets Boo Radley (1962) -
This chapter makes clear that Maycomb has very different rules for blacks and whites in the town, as evidenced by the children's surprise when Calpurnia speaks ill of Boo Radley's father because "Calpurnia rarely commented on the ways of white people. Much like a mystery novel, the first chapter gives readers the idea that things may not be what they seem on the surface, as when Scout's father, Atticus, says "there were other ways of making people into ghosts.
A patient and loving, if somewhat unusual, father, Atticus acts as the voice of reason for his children, and later the entire town.