To Kill a Mockingbird

What knowledge have you acquired about Boo Radley and the children's attitude toward him in chapter 1 alone?

Give details and examples to support your points. 


1.Restate the question to begin the answer.

2. Cite details the children have gotten from the neighborhood legend and what Jem learns from Miss Stephanie.

3. Give Jem's physical description of Boo.

4. Conclude by telling what the children's attitude toward Boo is.

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To the children, Boo is only what they have heard from popular legend, and interpreted in their own imaginations. Scout's retelling of Jem's description of Boo shows how her young mind could not yet distinguish between fact and fiction. Jem explains that Boo, "dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were blood-stained - if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off." The children's acceptance of such superstitions as the permanence of raw animal blood shows that they are equally susceptible to accepting the local gossip about the mysterious Boo, as evidenced by Scout's evaluation of Jem's description as "reasonable."