Boo Radley Change Assignment

Boo Radley Change Assignment

Describe how the children’s perceptions of Boo Radley have changed since the beginning, and explain why their new perception is more truthful.  

Essay should be two paragraphs, include four quotes (two in each paragraph), and be turned in by Wednesday.  


Describe how the children’s perceptions of Boo Radley have changed since the beginning of the novel, and explain why their new perception is more truthful.  

 

Perception Examples  Quote Explanation

BEFORE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: 

SCARY MONSTER

  • Frankenstein appearance

 

  • crazy, lunatic behavior stabbing his father

 

  • odd family who doesn’t come out and is too religious to have any fun 

“Boo was about six feet tall…” (16) 

 

“As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg…” (13) 

 

“The misery of that house began many ears before Jem and I were born” (11) 

“There are just some kind of men who are so busy worrying about the next world that they’ve never learned to live in this one” (60).

 

 

Jem’s imagination fueled the details.  

 

Miss Stephanie keeps this sordid story current and the Radleys offer no counter narrative to the stabbing incident.  

 

Miss Maudie explains that the Radley family is so different from the rest of the neighbors because their strict religious beliefs make them intolerable of other people’s actions.  

AFTER PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: 

KIND AND CARING NEIGHBOR

  • gifts in the tree:  chewing gum, Indian-heads, soap dolls, twine, watch, spelling medal. 

 

  • sewed pants

 

 

 

 

  • blanket at fire 

“Our biggest prize appeared four days later.  It was a pocket watch that wouldn’t run, on a chain with an aluminum knife” (81). 

 

 

 

“When I went back they were folded across the fence… like they were expecting me,” (78). 

 

“You were so busy looking at the fire you didnt’ know it when he put the blanket around you,” (96).  

 Boo Radley gives the children presents that he knows they will enjoy. 

 

 

 

 

Boo Radley tries to protect Jem from Atticus’ anger and disappointment. 

 

 

Boo Radley protects Scout from the cold.  

 

 

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