creative imagination

The children used their creative imagination which is a significant feature of child to interpret and make sense of Boo Radley. Although he only begins as a figure of ‘scary monster’ in the children’s imagination, their unique relationship changes as the outside world start to interup with the children’s innocence. Dill, a seven year old boy who comes from Mississipi in the summer is an important plot link between Jem and Scout with Boo Radley.

Being an outsider, Dill have the curiosity of the ‘moster’ Boo that Jem and Scout wouldn’t have because they were grown up with it and it was a social rule in Maycomb not to get close to Boo which doesn’t apply to the outsider Dill. The children start to be interested at Boo, they play games about Boo such as Dill trying to get boo to come out of the house, or looking trough the window of the Radley’s place to have a sense of Boo even though Atticus had told them constantly to stay away from the Radley’s are childish, innocent way of seeing themselves if the legend of Boo is real.

Latter on Jem ‘invented’ a game of role play and the polt was the story of Boo, after they been told off by Atticus Jem still tries to play the game in a way that Atticus wouldn’t trough it’s about Boo. The children’s relationship with Boo becomes a fun game they could play with in their free time, and presented this relationship in a childish way being part of their innocence world. Children’s world are often full of unexpected magics that they could never explain.

In the little county of Maycomb which doesn’t have much cash a gum found in the tree hole when passing by on the way home could be a very good surprise for the children. Jem and scout found a ball of gray twine, a double-mint gum, an old spelling medal, an old watch on a chain with aluminum knife and a pair of soap figures of Jem and Scout shows that Boo had been watching the children for a long time.

Unfortunately when Jem decided to write a letter saying thanks to whoever sent them such nice things, the tree hole was filled with cement the next morning by Mr Radley who must had noticed something Boo was doing and told the children the tree was ‘sick’. Boo is the ‘guardien angle’ of the children, protests and looks after them. When Miss Maudie’s house sets on fire, Scout and Jem were standing outside of the Radley’s place and didn’t notice until Atticus asked Scout why there was a blanket on her shoulders.

Latter on in the story, the children was attacked by Bob Ewell in the woods, it was Boo protected them and sent Jem who was injured back to the house. Until then, Scout knows Boo isn’t that ‘scary monster’, he is the one just a bit different from the others and been treated so unusually along with all the nasty myths about him made him seems to be strange. She now understands how prejudice could affect on your view and you cannot judge someone ‘until you climb indie of his skin and walk around in it’