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One may ask the question What roles do illusion and reality play in the perception of ourselves and others Illusion and reality both play a role in the definition of our perception Illusion is the stereotype the racist idea while reality is the truth that one sees when heshe looks closely and tries to understand This may be seen in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Once during Jem Dill and Scouts investigation of Boo Radley or Mr Arthur Radley another time during the whole jurys verdict against clearly innocent Tom Robinson and yet again in the illusion that Dolphus Raymond is always drunk and that is why he is in the situation that he is in An example of when one looks closely and goes past the shell of illusion and sees reality is in Boo Radleys case Jem and Scout think that he is crazy or extremely evil because of the stories they hear about him One can see in the following quote the story of Boo Radley when he was a juvenile According to neighbourhood legend when the younger Radley boy was in his teens he became aquainted with some of the Cunninghams and they formed the nearest thing to a gang ever seen in Maycomb Lee 15-16 This quote is the story of how Arthur was part of an almost gang This story is the basis of Jem and Scouts belief that Boo Radley is crazy or evil They slowly start to see the kindness in him by the presents given to Jem and Scout through the hole in the tree Then at the end of the book one can see Arthur Radley saving Jem from Mr Ewells attack Suddenly he was jerked backwards and flung to the ground almost carrying me with him I thought Jems up It was slowly coming to me that there were now four people under that tree The
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