Radley Place Tree

One day when walking home from school, the finch siblings Jem and Scout find a mysterious Hole in an old tree on the Radley place that had many small trinkets. This lead them to become more facinated with Boo and to adventure past their house everyday to see if there was more trinkets there for them.

As the summer comes to a close, Scout and Jem find more presents in the Radley tree. Their treasures included small sculptures, gum and a watch that didn't work. Unfortunately, their mysterious hole is suddenly cut off by Mr. Radley, who seals up the hole in the tree. Mr Radley does this because he tells that children that the tree is dying and it is healthy for a dying tree to have all of the holes covered up with cement. This makes Scout very upset as it was her only little secret that nobody else but Jem knew about. The children are confused and they ask Atticus if the tree is actually dying and he said that he didn't think it was, but he said that Mr Radley would know better than him seeing as it was located at the Radley place.




Quotes
"Two live oaks stood at the end of the Radley lot; their roots reached into the side-road and made it bumpy. Something about one of the trees attracted my attention."
"Tin-foil was sticking out of a knot-hole just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun. I stood on my tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers." Page 33
Analysis
One of the first indications that Boo Radley wants to be friendly toward the children and has noticed their interest in him is his knot-hole gifts. By leaving simple, harmless and thoughtful gifts for them, it becomes clear that Boo is a good person, which differs markedly from Scout and Jem's original feelings about him. Scout does not realize that the gifts may be a gift from Boo, although Jem is suspicious. Later on, Scout understands. Boo tries through out the book to make Jem and Scout realise the real Boo.




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