Having just finished re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird for perhaps the squillionth time, it occurs to me that nobody ever really addresses what ailed Boo.
Scout and Jem were told he was a bit of a tearaway in his youth, so his father, not wanting him to be sent to the Youth Prison, promises to keep Boo in line at home.
Nothing more is seen of him until the final chapter, and he is then described as child-like with a chronic cough (perhaps tuberculosis?)
Was he intellectually disabled? Did he suffer a psychiatric disability (like schizophrenia)? Was he just a normal young man who willingly allowed himself to be locked up…and then went on to develop severe depression?
What’s your take on Boo Radley?