Essay Draft 1Question: How does the relationship between the three children and Boo Radley represent the concept of ???prejudice??™ in ???To Kill a Mocking Bird??™The relationship between Boo Radley and the children is one of the many examples used to exemplify the concept of social prejudice in ???To Kill a Mocking Bird??™. The author does this by ingeniously using various techniques that make it clearly obvious that the ???stigma??™ and various assumptions associated with Boo Radley are entirely false. This concept of social prejudice is portrayed by Lee??™s choice of character, use of dramatic irony, use of simplistic terminology and perspective that allows the reader to ???read between the lines??™ as well as having Boo Radley contradicting the false assumptions of the society through his actions. In ???To kill a mocking bird??™ the characters of the young children are simplistic and they see the world in concrete terms. Scout, who is the narrator of the book, is a young and naive child, whose voice dominates the central plot. Consequently, the reader is able to make connections and understand events in a way which Scout does not.
For example: Scout describes Boo as a ???malevolent phantom ???who is over six feet tall and dines on rabbit and squirrels. Of course we as readers understand that there is more to Boo Radley than these superficial descriptions imply. As a result, this technique highlights the concept of prejudice as it allows the readers to clearly see that Boo Radley is misinterpreted and it also allows readers to ???read between the lines??™ and formulate our own opinions.
The three children make prejudicial assumptions of Boo Radley base on what they hear about him from the society. They do not have succinct evidence to justify the stereotypical remarks they hear about him and most importantly they have not actually met him in order to accurately judge him. This common fact is easily noticeable to the reader and correspondingly it is clearly seen that the concept of prejudice is present. Prejudice is directed towards Boo because he doesn??™t fit in into Maycomb??™s usual behavioural patterns of society and little is known of him. This prejudice is fuelled by ignorance, curiosity and fear, which leads to rumour and superstition. This concept is evident in the three children as they usually ???fill in the blanks??™ with their imagination.
For example, the ???Boo Radley??™ game that the children enact was a ???melancholy little drama, woven from bits and scraps of gossip from neighbourhood legend??™. This thereby, signifies that their prejudice was born by ignorance and youthful imaginations. Another example is when Mrs Radley dies and Scout presumes that Boo ???finally got her??™. We are not provided with any form of evidence that this is true and once again the concept of prejudice is highlighted. The irony used in the text is used to represent the concept of prejudice in ???To kill a Mockingbird??™. Throughout the majority of the earlier parts of the novel, the naive Scout is unaware of what is actually happening which the audience has no trouble in realising.
For example: the situation in where Jem??™s pants were fixed after being stuck on the school fence and the appearance of the presents in the knothole exemplifies Boo??™s predominantly good nature. We instantly understand that the vile assumptions and stigmas associated with Boo are entirely false and consequently we also understand that Boo Radley is a victim of prejudgement. The actions of Boo Radley merely contradict the false assumptions of the society.
The biggest irony in fact is that Boo Radley, a social recluse, is the one to come out and help save Jem and Scout from a very intense and dangerous situation. ???Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up.”? ? ? “Thank who” I asked.? ? ? “Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didnt know it when he put the blanket on you.
“? ? ? My stomach turned to water and I nearly threw up…??™ This example emphasises the prejudice against Boo that Scout caters.
Scout, realising that Boo was behind her, nearly throws up.Harper Lee also portrays the concept of prejudice from the children??™s attempt to lure Boo Radley outside his house. Instead of politely asking Boo to come out through a civil form of communication they feel the need to take extreme precautions. This once again underlines the concept of prejudice. Atticus??™s order to ???stop tormenting that man??™ exemplifies the extent to which the children have been blinded by their prejudice against Boo.
They treat him as an object of ridicule (which is seen when they play the ???Boo Radley??™ game). Prejudice is a widely explored and crucial concept explored in ???To kill a Mockingbird??™. The relationship between Boo Radley and the children serve primarily as a microcosm to the broader scale of prejudice evident in the society. It shows that prejudice is born by misconception and ignorance. And this relationship is one of the many that Lee uses to ingeniously represent the concept of prejudice.