Boo Radley is the town recluse and the object of curiosity for the town, especially Jem and Scout, due to unsubstantiated rumours and his aura of mystery.
- Read Chapters 4-7 in To Kill A Mockingbird.
- With your group, discuss and record your thoughts, questions, predictions and connections to your reading. The following questions may be used to guide your response.
- There is a humourous tone in the early chapters of the novel. Discuss some of the passages that you found humourous. Make connections between the passages and your own childhoods.
- Why are the children so consumed with Boo? Can you relate to this obsession?
- Are there any popular urban myths or legends in your area?
- What else have you learned about Boo in this chapter? What new characteristics would you use to describe Boo?
- Discuss education. How do you think Harper Lee feels about education? How is this similar to your feelings about education? How is education today similar and/or different from the education provided to the children of Maycomb?
How does To Kill A Mockingbird frame issues of courage and cowardice against the backdrop of the American South in the 1930s?
With your group, discuss the various examples of courage and cowardice in the novel. Post your nomination for the most cowardly and most courageous character thus far. Provide support for your argument by using references from the novel.