To Kill A Mockingbird
Question: Analyse the relationship between Boo Radley and the children. How does this relationship change throughout the book? What are the causes of the developments in this relationship?
The relationship that exists between Boo and the children at the start of the book could be described as terrified at best. “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom” But as the book progresses the children begin to believe less and less the tales that have been told to them about Boo, and begin *though a number of incidents* to base their own feelings about him on their experiences, they come to realize that he really doesn’t want to hurt them, but be friends.
At the start of the book Jem and scout are terrified of Boo, But as they begin to mature throughout the book, They begin to see that what tales that they have been fed since their young childhood might be more based in fiction than in reality. There are three main incidents that cause them to change their minds about Boo. And it’s those incidents that this essay will be discussing.
The first event is the presents in the tree that scout finds on her way home from school one day, The first of the items is a piece of gum, but as it goes on, the items get steadily more and more valuable and precious. The second item that they find in the tree for example is for example a length of wire, But the third is a highly polished and well looked after Indian coin. The gifts in the tree reach their climax though when Jem and Scout find two hand carved figures of themselves, because the next day as they walk past they find that someone has poured concrete into the hole in the tree where the gifts were hiding, The children later find out that it was Mr Nathan Radley, the very controlling older brother of Boo who filled up the hole.
The next incident is in the middle of winter when Ms Atkinson’s house catches alight from her fire near the window to keep her plants from freezing, The fire begins to...