can anyone grade/proof my daughters paper? Trying to get an 11th grade level on this.
I Think I’m Beginning to Understand Why……………
To Kill a Mockingbird authored by Harper Lee is a story about Scout Finch and her brother, Jem, living in the 1930’s in Alabama. Scout and Jem grow to understand that the world isn’t always fair and that people in their own neighborhood weren’t exactly what they appeared to be. Boo (Arthur) Radley was a neighbor to the Finch Family. Boo was judged by the town as being reclusive, mysterious, scary looking and had done bad things. Boo Radley was ridiculed and judged in Maycomb, yet nobody in Maycomb really knew him.
Jem stated “Well, judgin’ from his tracks, he’s about six and a half feet tall. He eats raw squirrels and all the cats he can catch. There’s a long, jagged scar that runs all the way across his face. His teeth are yella and rotten. His eyes are popped. And he drools most of the time.” (Lee 17) Boo Radley was a kind man, nothing like the description or ideas Jem and the town’s people Scout had heard. Beginning on page 72 through page 80, Boo Radley had shown Scout and Jem kindness three times. Boo had covered Scout in a blanket the night Miss Maudie’s house caught fire, then the story makes you think that Boo had mended Jem’s pants and next Boo had left all the gifts in the tree for Scout and Jem. In Scout’s narration “Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives.” (Lee 307) Boo Radley’s actions in the story show that he was reaching out to Scout and Jem and showed kindness. Boo Radley’s kind ways made Scout realize that he was just a normal person and not the horrible person she had heard about.
Boo Radley was a brave man. He showed bravery when he heard cried from the children and ran out of his house to protect them. Sheriff Heck Tate said "I never heard tell that it’s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did.” (Lee 276) This quote from the story makes the reader think that Boo Radley was physically brave and did protect the children. Boo Radley also showed emotional bravery in this same chapter. Boo Radley was brave enough to come out of his house where he was comfortable. He knew he would be seen, he knew what stories Maycomb had made up about him in the past and this might just make the stories about him go on for twenty more years. Boo showed emotional bravery in leaving his home.
Yes, Boo Radley was reclusive. His dad thought he was doing the family good when he kept Boo in the house as a young boy and out of the public eye. After years of being in the house it was a safe place for Boo to observe and not have to participate in everyday life. Maycomb’s people made up stories, they gossiped, said mean and hateful things yet none really knew the truth. Jem said “Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley stayed shut up in the house all the time it’s because he wants to stay inside.” (Lee 227) Jem had matured enough to realize that the town of Maycomb is full of narrow minded and prejudice people. Outside of his home Jem knew Boo would continue to be judged unfairly and unjustly. Boo wants to stay in his house because he doesn’t want to be a part of all the cruelty.
Maycomb didn’t tolerate people who were different from them. In Maycomb you acted in a way that was expected of you based on what society or the community thought you should be. Anybody in Maycomb who was odd, unusual, poor, red, black or white were judged by the community by people who were ignorant or maybe just afraid. Arthur Radley is a man who is kind, he is brave and despite being a recluse he proved to the children he was not the monster that Maycomb said he was.