In total, they find a couple of sticks of gum, a small box containing coins, a ball of twine, two figures carved from soap, an entire pack of gum, a spelling medal, and a pocket-watch. Eventually, they realize that Boo Radley is the one leaving these "gifts" and they are extremely upset when Nathan Radley plugs the knothole with cement. Atticus has always brought his children up to believe in the rights of others, even when others make bad decisions.
Her grade is released a half hour earlier than Jem's, so Scout has to pass Boo Radley's house by herself every afternoon. One day, Scout notices something shiny in a tree at the edge of the Radley yard. When she goes back to investigate, she finds a stick of gum.
Jem admonishes her for taking the gum, but Scout continues to check the knothole daily. On the last day of school, she and Jem find some coins in the tree, which they decide to keep until the next school year starts. Dill arrives two days later to spend the summer.
After an argument with Scout, Jem suggests they play a new game called "Boo Radley," which Scout recognizes as Jem's attempt to prove his bravery.
Against Scout's better judgement, they enact Boo's life with great gusto until Atticus learns of the game. The children play the game less frequently after that, and Jem and Dill begin excluding Scout, spending more and more time together in the treehouse.
Lonely, Scout begins spending more of her time with Miss Maudie. When Scout insists that the boys include her in their plans, they tell her that they're going to deliver a note to Boo Radley asking him to come outside.
She and Dill are posted as guards, while Jem tries to deliver the note, but Atticus intervenes, telling the children to leave the Radleys alone.
Analysis As Scout finishes her first year of school, Harper Lee expands on several of the novel's central themes. Scout's real education occurs outside of school, as it does throughout the story. Scout herself recognizes this fact at some level when she says, "As for me, I knew nothing except what I gathered from Time magazine and reading everything I could lay hands on at home, but as I inched sluggishly along the treadmill of the Maycomb County school system, I could not help receiving the impression that I was being cheated out of something.
When Jem suggests that knothole in the Radleys' oak is an adult's hiding place, Scout corrects him, saying, "'Grown folks don't have hidin' places. Miss Maudie is one of the most open-minded residents of Maycomb, and true to her more liberal leanings, she even likes the weeds in her garden.
Her feelings about plants are symbolic of the way some townspeople feel about others. Scout reports that her neighbor "loved everything that grew in God's earth, even the weeds. If she found a blade of nut grass in her yard it was like the Second Battle of the Marne" because "'one sprig of nut grass can ruin a whole yard.
Some of the town's residents would also say that the African Americans who live in Maycomb are blades of nutgrass that should be eradicated from "their" yard. These perceptions become important as the story progresses. The blacks and whites separate themselves from each other by their speech — and at some level by their superstitions.
Calpurnia says that's nigger-talk. Granted, Calpurnia is more educated than the majority of her peers, but it still seems unusual that she doesn't want the children emulating that speech or those beliefs. Calpurnia's attitude about the way the Finch children should speak shows that she, too, separates whites from blacks.
Calpurnia is teaching the children to be white, just as she taught her own son, Zeebo, to interact appropriately with the African-American community.
Keep in mind that Calpurnia's actions do not necessarily mean that she agrees with this separation; she is simply acting in a way that is consistent with life in the Southern United States during this time period.
He has moved from weakly accepting a dare to touch the Radley house to retrieving a tire from the Radley yard to creating a game in which the children take on the personas of various Radley family members.
Jem's bravery increases when he and Dill decide to deliver the note to Boo.Boo Radley and Tom Robinson share many similarities in spite of fact that one man is white and the other black.
By juxtaposing these two characters, Lee proves that justice and compassion reach beyond the boundary of color and human prejudices. Everything you ever wanted to know about Arthur Radley (Boo) in To Kill a Mockingbird, written by masters of this stuff just for you.
Skip to navigation To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Home / Literature / To Kill a Mockingbird don't quite believe he is a real person, and (2) feel free to make up fantastic stories as someone else.
Apr 20, · After finding the final gift--the pocket watch and knife--Scout and Jem figured that they would write a letter to whoever was leaving them the treasures, presumed to live in the Radley house. Source(s): To Kill A MockingbirdStatus: Resolved.
To Kill a Mockingbird First Person Letter from Boo RadlyTo whom it may concern:I'm stuck in my house because my parents pleaded with the law when Iwas young for me to stay at home and I wouldn't be able to leave my house.I would have rather gone to the /5(1).
Mr. Boo Radley, First of all thank you so much for saving me n’ Jem from Mr. Bob Ewell. I don’t know what would’ve happened if you hadn’t a showed up, well I’m sure I wouldn’t be writin’ you this letter. They sneak into the Radley's back yard with the goal of peeping in one of the windows to get a look at Boo.
Scout and Jem hold up Dill so that he can look in the window, but all he sees are curtains and "a little teeny light way off somewhere.".