Monday, March 5, 2007

I am very curious about Boo Radley. It seems like he is still alive, but we have only actually "seen" him once in the story, when he put a blanket around Scout's shoulders. Is he happy, or even sane? I know if I were kept away from other people for that long, it would do somehting to me. Why does he never go outside? I think he is going to have a major role in this story beacuse we hear so much about him. I think maybe he will get blamed for somehting he didn't do, or something significant is going to happen that involoves him. He is kind of a mysterious, because he is a main character, but we don't know very much about him.

11 comments:

Ichigo said...

Okay, BOO radley seems like the kind of guy that would be quickly blamed for anything suspicious that happens in Maycomb. Personaly i think that he doesnt want to come out of his house because he is not sane. BOO grew up away from evryone else because of his religion, and even more so when he was locked up in jail for however many years. He is a disterbed person, i would think, after all of his bad experiances and is often veiwed as a monster. He is another person subject to a world that just does not understand, but i belive he is a kind hearted, gentle old man.

Kaminous_the_Great said...

That is what makes the story so...involving. You see, if you knew everything about "Boo" or if there wasn't anything to think about, the book would be boring as heck. I do believe there is something about "Boo" Radley that is tormenting to think about, but we will just have to read on. FORWARD READING!!!!!

julia schreffler said...

I agree i think that Boo will become a central figure of the story. There has been a lot of attention paid to him throughout the story, and we still haven't even seen him. I don't think he is completely sane but still not the monster that some of the residents of Maycomb make him out to be. I wouldn't go so far as to say he is a "kind hearted, gentle old man" though.

Ichigo said...

why would you not say that he is kind hearted. He gave Scout a freaking blanket, how is that not kind, and I forgot to mention it in my other comment but yes i do think that he will become a main part of the story. Since Boo is the obsession of two of the main characters in the story and the local tall tale, he will probably attract attention.

Barbie Girl said...

I think the author wants to keep Boo mysterious, because now the reader wants to continue reading the story, so they can see what happens with Boo. Yes, we do not know much about Boo Radley but that just makes the story more intersting. Or mabey the author will not tell us the real story about Boo because he wants us to use our imaginations and think about what is the ture story.
To floridaprincess comment about only seeing Boo once, how do we know that it was Boo that put the blanket around Scout shoulders. I know in the story, the characters suggest that is Boo but it could have been just another townsfolk.

Miley Cyrus said...

In agreement with Barbie Girl, it could be true that the children could be somewhat fanaticizing about the actions and encounters they have had with “Boo” Radley. Just as all children do they could have turned their ideas into more than they really are and made themselves believe everything they thought of “Boo” as truth. Nonetheless I personally believe that the encounters with “Boo” Radley did really exist and that he is fairly sane. The reasons I think for his “random” acts such as the blanket is because “Boo” is looking for attention and the underlying cause is loneliness. Because Jem, Scout, and Dill are paying attention to “Boo” then he is in a way feeding into them and enjoying the somewhat unusual friendship that they have created.

The E of SHE said...

Boo Radley is a very mysterious character. However I do not think he is harmful. Since he has been locked up most of his life he hasn't experienced things that people normally experience as they get older. Being inside is basically all he has ever known. I don't think that he is as insane as the residents of Maycomb make him out to be. I just think he is seriously misunderstood and that throughout the story the characters will come to know, understand, and dare I say, accept Arthur(Boo) Radley.

Carl said...

I think we all know Boo Radley is still alive. There have been quite a few things to suggest that he is very much so. First of all there's the incident with Jem's pants. They were sewn back together haphazardly and folded, suggesting that whoever folded them knew Jem would be back. It was clearly not Mr. Radley becuase he was ready to shoot anyone who stepped on his property. That leaves Boo. There also the gifts left in the tree. If you read inbetween the lines, it is clearly Boo who is leaving things in the tree. I think maybe he hasn't come out of the house, not because he chooses to, but because this is what Mr. Radley forces him to do. Why else would he cement the tree?

The World's Greatest said...

Yes, I agree with all of you that he will play a significant role in the story. But as far as him being kind hearted. I could see that. Yeah, he's not sane so he did something really wrong. But sometimes crazy people don't want to be crazy, they just can't help it. He put the blanket on Scout and he kept giving the children gifts in the tree(so we think). So, in conclusion, I think that he probably has a kind side to him.

Emily Osment said...

I agree with Miley. I think Boo is a very mysterious character, but you can't automatically assume he is insane. The random events that happen in the story shows Boo's lonliness even more. I think he is maybe beginning to want to be more social and wants to have friendships even if they are the strangest friendships ever, it would still mean a whole lot to him. I mean he had to be social some time in his life, and I think pretty soon he is going to want to relive that part of his life again!
He is indeed a very wierd man, but you never know, he could be the nicest person in the world! You can't always judge people by what you hear! Come on were not in kindergarden here!

LordsOfSalem said...

Boo is a cold blooded killer who enjoys killing the occasional hobo.