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"To Kill A Mocking Bird" By Harper Lee.

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To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely an excellent novel in thatit portrays life and the role of racism in the 1930's. A reader maynot interpret several aspects in and of the book through just theplain text. Boo Radley, Atticus, and the title represent three suchthings.Not really disclosed to the reader until the end of the book,Arthur "Boo" Radley plays an important role in the development ofboth Scout and Jem. In the beginning of the story, Jem, Scout, andDill fabricate horror stories about Boo. They find Boo as a characterof their amusement, and one who has no feelings whatsoever. Theytried to get a peep at him, just to see what Boo looked like. Scoutconnects Boo with the Mockingbird. Mrs. Maudie defines a mockingbirdas one who "...don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. Theydon't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't doone thing but sing their hearts out for us" (94). Boo is exactlythat. Boo is the person who put a blanket around Scout and Jem whenit was cold. Boo was the one putting "gifts" in the tree. Boo evensewed up Jem's pants that tore on Dill's last night. Boo was the onewho saved their lives. On the contrary to Scout's primary belief, Boonever harms anyone. Scout also realizes that she wrongfully treatedBoo when she thinks about the gifts in the tree. She never gaveanything back to Boo, except love at the end. When Scout escortsArthur home and stands on his front porch, she sees the same streetshe saw, just from an entirely different perspective. Scout learnswhat a Mockingbird is, and who represents one.Arthur Radley not only plays an important role in developingScout and Jem, but helps in developing the novel. Boo can be dividedinto three stages. Primitively, Boo is Scout's worst nightmare.However, the author hints at Boo actually existing as a nice personwhen he places things in the tree. The secondary stage is when Mrs.Maudie's house burned to the ground. As Scout and Jem were standingnear Boo's house, it must have been rather cold. So, Boo places awarm and snug blanket around Scout and Jem, to keep them warm. Thisscene shows Boo's more sensitive and caring side of him, and showsthat he really has changed after stabbing his father. The last anddefinitely most important stage is when he kills Bob Ewell to saveScout and Jem. This stage portrays Boo as the hero and one who hasindefinitely changed his personality and attitudes. After the finalstage, Boo does not deserve to be locked up inside his house.Atticus Finch is a man of strong morals. He follows themexclusively, and does not hold up to the Finch family name, as definedby Aunt Alexandria. Atticus is the most pure and good-hearted personone may ever `see.` Although it does not seem like it, Scout willevolve into her father; Jem will not. Scout finally understand allthe things he says. For example, in the beginning Atticus tellsScout, "You never really understand a...

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