Throughout ­To Kill a Mockingbird the subject of boundaries comes up often. The author Lee Harper has put many examples of physical, mental, and verbal boundaries in almost every chapter.
        One example of a boundary is the Radley house. There is an invisible force that pushes people to stay away; some even walk a few extra blocks to avoid it. Those who do are contemptuous and showdisapprobation toward the Radley house and family; they omit the respect that should be shown towards every person. The reason for this is Boo Radley (whose real name is Arthur Radley). Rumors, such as Boo slashing his father’s leg, have spread in the small town causing the folks to be alarmed of this strange man; the fear then simultaneously sets a boundary for the Radley place. Another example is a boundary between Jem and Scout’s maturity level.  When Atticus tells Scout to stop getting into fights in chapter nine, she listened. But when Francis provoked her to get mad, she snapped. Scout lost her self control and went for a punch. That punch was past the limit of her self-control, which reflects her maturity level.  A verbal boundary most adults have is their dislike of profanity. Adults, like Uncle Jack, were very against children cursing. My final example is the scene in To Kill a Mockingbird when Jem and Dill “realize” that Scout is a girl. They then begin to exclude her out of all their plans and schemes. That’s a boundary because Scout can’t get into the tree house with Jem and Dill; it’s unattainable.
        In conclusion To Kill a Mockingbird is a fantastically written book that contains tragedy, suspense, elongated moments, and many boundaries.                   



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