For the life of me I could not figure out how she could bring herself to speak to him when she seemed to hate him so’ Eventually Jem no longer has to read to her and Mrs Dubose passes away.
It is only when she has died that Atticus tells Jem the story of Mrs Dubose.
In this essay I will be looking at the theme of appearance vs.
reality throughout the novel, also the minor characters such as Boo Radley, are the most clear example of this theme, as these are characters that we come to find out are not at all as they seem at first.
The first important character who is not all he seems is the mysterious Boo Radley, the "monster" who lives down the street.
We are introduced to the character of Boo at the very start of the novel, "It began the summer when Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out".This book made me think of how judgemental even a small society can be.The novel of Harper Lee- “To kill a Mockingbird” captured lots of attention from the date of its publish.There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time." By this description we can see that to Jem and Scout talking about Boo Radley gives them the same sort of thrill as telling ghost stories.Jem and Scout believe Boo is a malevolent phantom, a zombie-like man who wanders the streets at night looking for something to eat.I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time...it's because he wants to stay inside." I believe Jem comes to realize this as he has now first handedly seen how judgmental, prejudice and irrational the society they are living in is.Another minor character like Boo Radley who develops the theme of appearance versus reality, is Mrs Dubose who is seen by Jem and Scout as an old and mean woman, in reality turns out to be brave and courageous.We are introduced to Mrs Dubose as someone who treats the children with a great deal of disrespect.He’s been sorta drunk ever since’ He is thought because of this to be a bad man by the residents of Maycomb ‘Mr Dolphus was an evil man.’ During the trial of Tom Robinson we see that he isn’t a drunk and that all he drinks is cola. When i come to town which is seldom, if I weave a little and drink out of this sack, folks can say Dolphus Raymond’s in the clutches of whiskey – that’s why he won’t change his ways. I believe this is the way that Dolphus escaped the racism of society by pretending to be an alcoholic so he could marry who he wanted and blame it on alcohol.We also find that he is very wealthy and the reason he pretends to drink is that he would rather be shown as an alcoholic than have racism go around because he is white and married a black woman and had mixed children. He can’t help himself, that’s why he lives the way he does’ Scout and Jem soon come to understand that he chooses to be the way he is because it is the way he chooses to live, just like how Boo Radley chooses to stay inside the Radley house. In conclusion, I felt that Harper Lee very effectively conveyed the theme of appearance versus reality throughout the book as the minor characters like Boo Radley, Mrs Dubose and Dolphus Raymond appear to be evil, mean and scary but .