FC: Arthur Boo Radley | By: Jasmine Salem and Mariel Clapp
1: My Life Inside
2: I am a quiet soul but I have gone through troubled times. Losing my father, staying away from the outside world, and dealing with my past have all been hard to go through. Even though being forced to stay enclosed in my home by my dad is not something I enjoy, I still miss my father.
3: Though many are confused by my past, I have not done anything worse than most young boys do. People have said that I am insane and that I have stabbed my own father, but I am not a man of cruelty and insanity, only despair. I have been locked in my house for over twenty-five years, hiding from the mysterious world that surrounds me. I enjoy walking around in the light of the moon to escape my prison cell, but i could never go out in daylight. I just stay in my home and observe the things and people outside.
4: Scout is an interesting little girl. Her and her brother were always trying to get a peek at me, the neighborhood monster. But I don't blame her. Who wouldn't | want to see someone who hadn't left the house in so many years? She is really very fun to watch. Her boyish behavior shows how badly she wants to fit in with her brother,, and I compare this to my want to fit in with the world. Watching her gave me entertainment, and I was glad to give her a bit of mystery in her life. It was very nice to see how she liked the presents left in the tree. When my brother filled up the knot hole, I was as sad as the children. But I still was able to help Scout. When she watched Miss Maudie's house burn down in the cold, I gave her a blanket, though she did not see me. And then, one day, I saved scout's life. While I was on one of my night walks, I heard a commotion. I was able to free the children from Bob Ewell's knife, and am thankful that I was there to stop what could have happened.
5: Jem is a good boy. He reminds me of myself, when I was young and innocent, trying to see what was wrong with the world. I really hope that he stays on a good path and stays away from the delinquent acts me and my friends did. He is a nice and caring big brother to Scout, and I am glad for that. I think he will grow up to be a good person with good intentions, but I hope he will realize that the world isn't as clean minded as he is. He has stopped the childhood fantasy of my strange life and home, and encourages Scout to do so. This is a good thing, since he now sees we can't believe everything we hear. When I found him in the struggle with Bob Ewell, I was scared that I was too late, but I was there just in time.
6: The night Bob Ewell tried to murder Jem and Scout Finn was very scary. I was just doing one of my only pleasures in life, walking under the moon, when i heard shouts over by the school. I rushed over to see Scout tangled in wire and fabric, while Jem | was unconscious under a tree. I attacked Bob from behind to stop him from stabbing either of the children. I fought with him, then I stabbed him. I had to do it, it was the only way to defend the children and myself. I killed him, but I had to. I then carried Jem over to his home while scout ran back.
7: Fr the first time in twenty five years, I was in someone else's home. I was around people that I had watched through my window, and I did not know how to act. Being away from people for so long makes me nervous around them now. They talk to each other with ease, working out the problem of Bob Ewell and his murder. I murdered him, and they know that, but I don't say anything. Later, I went in and checked on Jem. He was still asleep, | and She let me pet his head. I have not touched another human for such a long time. It was an unusual thing. After that, Scout took my arm and led me back to my house. It was very brave of her, because I know how children are scared of me and my house. I went inside, and closed the door. That was the last time I ever showed myself to her, or her family. I am used to my own house now, after twenty five years, and I would rather stay hidden then relearn how to be around the people of Maycomb.
8: On the night of the house fire I saw the two young children out in the chilly night air on the street. I could feel the bitter cold through the window | and wanted to give the kids to be warm. I brought out a blanket and put it over Scout's shoulders. She was so cold she didn't even notice the blanket until her father asked where she got it. Even though they were sure it was me, they would never know for sure.
9: For a long period of time there was a hole in a tree that the kids walked by everyday and I decided to put gifts in. I gave them gum, carved soap, and | other items that they found enjoyable. I had a good time thinking of items they would like and putting them in the tree for them, but seeing their happy faces of surprise warmed my weary soul. If my brother hadn't filled the hole I would still be putting little things in there for them everyday.
10: "Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbor's give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it. We had given him nothing, and it made me sad."(Lee, 373). -Scout Finch
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