Entry 1: Murder is a game...
Entry 3: House Arrest
Perspective: Boo (Arthur) Radley
For the past fifteen years, I not lay a foot outside of the house. The people, my neighbors, they fear me; but why? I hear them, talk about me, my family; it hurts deep down, but they don't know the truth, they don't understand the true Arthur Radley. the kids next door, Scout and Jem, made a new acquaintance; his name his Dill. the three of them, I hear them mock me with their games, say I eat cats, have yellow teeth and what not. Every day when the come home from school, I hear them run past the house as if it were going to kill and eat them. My brother bought me some knickknacks to keep me company from the shops the other day. I think I'm going to share them with the children in hopes the understand the big, bad Boo Radley may not be so bad after all.
What have I learned from doing this point of view assignment? The main characters in a story or a literary piece of work are not the only characters that matter. While reading To Kill a Mockingbird, it focuses more than the standard amount of attention on characters that most would consider minor characters that may or may not be important to the overall story and plot. For example, I wouldn't consider Boo (Arthur) Radley a major character for the reason that we only saw him once in the story while in the rest he was just a rumor. Boo then did the unthinkable and killed Bob Ewell and made his mark at what I think is the mosy significant part of the story for him to show up. This story reminds me of The Rot and Ruin which is a book that I read over the summer. In The Rot and Ruin, all of the minor characters have a significant role in the story where they are able to make their marks or show their importance throughout the story. I say the purpose of this assignment was to see how the other half lives, hence Atticus' quote “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee 87)