22 October, 2021

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Unlikely Heroes

Boo RadleyBoo
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

“Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives.”

Our favorite heroes aren’t always the ones whose presence commands attention or stirs admiration. Sometimes the hero we remember most fondly is the one whose courage and integrity take us by surprise.

Harper Lee’s Boo Radley fits that description perfectly. Known to Scout and Jem Finch only by his sinister reputation, Boo’s persona took on legendary proportion in the minds of the two youngsters. Suspicious of Boo’s alleged habits and wary of a neighbor who seemed more ghost than man, the children had no idea Boo would play such a significant role in their lives.

With his quiet watchfulness and his small acts of kindness, Boo initiated a silent friendship with the children long before they met him face-to-face. And on the night danger lurked, the night they needed him most, Boo Radley rushed to their defense and saved them from an evil man bent on revenge.

Though he appeared only once in the novel and he never spoke a single word of dialogue, Boo Radley was a hero, just the same. His simple ways and childlike heart make him one of my favorite unlikely heroes.

~Vickie Price Taylor

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