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Thus at this stage, the only While escaping from Mr.
Radley in his yard, Jem's pants get torn and he has to leave them behind.
Introduction The Importance of 'Boo' Radley Arthur Radley, nicknamed Boo Radley by the children of Maycomb plays a very important role in the first ten chapters of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. He and his family are regarded as outsiders and are shunned by the majority of the towns inhabitants because they deviate from what is socially acceptable in Maycomb, this is seen in the line "The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilectation unforgivable in Maycomb." This is very effective at showing how the townspeople alienate citizens who don't conform to the ways of Maycomb. Rather than let his son be taken to an industrial school after causing trouble in Maycomb, Mr. Middle Boo is also used to display the results of such treatment.
This is indicated in the line "and you can look down the street and see the results." The children then speculate on how Mr.
Boo and other boys in the gang are arrested one night for “disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and using abusive and profane language My first impulse was to get it into my mouth as quickly as possible, but I remembered where I was.
I ran home, and on our front porch I examined my loot.
Radley kept Boo out of sight, in the line "Jem figured that Mr.
Radley kept him chained to the bed most of the time." This shows how the hearsay and gossip of society has become ingrained in the minds of the children despite Atticus' efforts.