Boo Radley, Misjudgment and Its Impact

October 26, 2021 by Essay Writer

Before you judge someone, you need to get to know them first. A keen example of this statement is clearly shown within the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. After Scout comes home from a near death experience from Mr. Ewell on Halloween, Atticus tucks her into bed. She just walked Boo Radley home and was discussing a book Atticus was reading. She states how “they chased him [the character in the book]” but when “they finally saw him… he hadn’t done any of those things… he was real nice… “. Atticus responds saying that “most people are… when you finally see them”. He is referring to Boo Radley, a character in To Kill a Mockingbird, that had helped Scout despite the rumors that he was a psycho. With this quote, Scout comes to closure with Boo Radley. She understands that he is not as evil as others depict him and is actually really nice. Atticus then states that “most people are [nice]… when you finally see them”. Atticus is saying that although others might come off like they’re mean or not approachable, most people are actually really nice once you finally get to know them.

After Heck Tate, the sheriff in To Kill A Mockingbird, confirms who killed Bob Ewell, Scout walks Arthur Radley home. She stands on Arthur’s porch and then realizes that she had misjudged him. In the beginning of the novel, Scout believes that Arthur is a evil human being that would eat raw rabbit meat and stab his mother with scissors. As she stands on his porch, she begins to “stand in his shoes and walk around in them”. She realizes that Arthur is actually a really calm and caring person. In this scene, Scout is now fully understands Atticus’s piece of advice. Walking around in Arthur’s shoes helped Scout come to closure with the Radleys. She now understands that Arthur isn’t truly a horrible person and that her assumptions were wrong. Others need to do what Scout did, and put themselves in others positions. They need to consider what others are going through before jumping to conclusions that are often wrong. These two scenes show that people shouldn’t jump to conclusions about others too quickly because they might turn out to be different than you expected.

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