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Boo Radley is a subtle yet very important character to the structure of the story of To Kill A Mockingbird We can learn a lot about him by regarding him from the viewpoint of several other characters in the book His own family the Radley family are ashamed of him and disgraced by him When Boo was involved in some antics as a fifteen year old Mr Radley refused to send him to the state industrial school even though it wasnt considered a disgrace and was certainly better than prison Mr Radley instead kept him at home and didnt release him from his improvised prison Mr Radleys boy was not seen again for fifteen years When the incident with the scissors came and it was clear that Boo was disturbed in his mind Mr Radley wouldnt admit that he was crazy Just highly strung he said He stated that no Radley is going to any asylum and so he kept him locked up in the house Even through the time-span of the book Nathan Radley Boos brother tried to keep Boo away from other people and to cut off all association with anyone else An example of this is when he cemented the knothole of the tree to prevent Boo from leaving presents for the children Maudie Atkinson is a pragmatic character When Scout asked her if she thought Boo was still alive her affirmative answer was due to the fact that she hadnt seen him carried out yet She remembers Boo when he was a boy and that he always spoke nicely to her She thinks that if he wasnt crazy then he is now However she is not prejudiced against him because of it and still speaks of him with respect eg calling him Mr Arthur Radley instead of Boo Miss Maudie has nothing but pity for Boo and calls the Radley house a sad house Atticus also speaks about
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