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"To Kill A Mockingbird" Harper Lee.

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In the Harper Lee novel To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many characters that are very different than they seem. Throughout the story Scout and Jem find out who these people really are and what they are truly like. There are many subplots in this story that all go on at once, but they are all connected in that Scout and Jem get to know people better. At the beginning of the novel the plot that surfaces the most is the subject of Boo Radley. After that is a smaller but no less important plot involving a devilish old woman, Mrs. Dubose. Throughout the book one of the most important characters is Atticus, Scout and Jem's father, who while helping them try to see things from others' perspectives was himself seen very differently by Scout and Jem by the end of the novel. In the end, Scout and Jem were able to see things from other people's perspectives, totally changing their view of many people including Mrs. Dubose, Boo Radley, and their own father, Atticus.Before Scout and Jem's sudden increased obsession with Boo, all that they had heard about him was that he was six and a half feet tall, he ate raw squirrels and cats, and he looked in people's windows while they slept. With the help of their summertime playmate, Dill, they spent one whole summer trying in one form or another to make contact with Boo. Once school started, he was more or less forgotten, but then Jem and Scout started finding things in a knothole of a tree right by the Radley place. While Scout didn't think too much about where it came from, it seemed as though Jem had a hunch that Boo was putting stuff in there for them, just to make some sort of contact with the outside world. So after a whole summer of trying to contact Boo, he had actually been the one that had initiated contact with them. After Nathan Radley plugged up the tree, Scout and Jem didn't have any contact with Boo until one night months later when Miss Maudie's house was burning down. Everyone in the town was helping get stuff out of the house while Scout and Jem were standing out of the way right in front of the Radley place. That night when they went back to their house, Scout realized that she had a blanket around her shoulders and she didn't know where it came from, but Jem and Atticus surely knew. Scout found out the next day while listening in on a conversation between Atticus and Jem. "Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up," said Atticus. "Thank who?" "Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you"(72). Boo had come out of his house for the first time in thirty years to put a blanket around Scout. By this point Scout and Jem had finally accepted the possibility that Boo was a real person, just wanting to make contact with human beings outside of his prison-like house.Mrs. Dubose seemed like the meanest woman alive from the outside, but after Scout and Jem entered her house and saw what was really wrong with her, their perspectives of...

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