To Kill A Mockingbird (by Harper Lee) essay about Jem and Scouts relationship with Boo Radley

Essay by GarethsGal March 2003

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Jem + Scouts Relationship with Boo Radley

Jem and Scout have quite a strange relationship with Boo Radley. Jem and Scout are very interested in the life of Boo Radley and because of Boo leaving gifts in the knot hole I think that Boo is interested in the life of Jem and Scout too.

Jem and Scout often get into trouble because of their active imaginations. They always play games about Boo even though this is frowned on by Atticus. Jem thinks that Boo 'was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats that he could catch, that's why his hands were blood stained. There was also a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time'. This description is obviously inaccurate.

Scout is scared of Boo.

This is shown because every time Jem and Dill want to do something involving Boo she always says that she's 'gonna tell Atticus' because she is scared. She never does though because she wants to keep the respect of Dill and Jem.

Dill, Scout and Jems imaginations run wild when they play the 'Radley game'. I think that their descriptions in the game are very inaccurate - Boo is probably a normal person and they should not judge him.

Boo might actually be a kind and generous person because he left Jem and Scout a few gifts in the pot hole. These gifts were - two chewing gums, two 'indian head' pennies, a ball of grey twine, soap with two images carved in them, a pocket watch and an aluminium knife. Mr Radley (Boo's father) filled up the pot hole though, much to Jem and Scouts...