To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Contributed by Sharon Fleming
Chapter 31

With the issue settled, Boo explains that he wanted to see Jem before he left for his house and Scout escorts him to the room where Jem was. Scout urges Boo to touch Jem, and he hesitantly reaches out and touches Jem's hair. After that Boo requests Scout to see him off and they walk towards the door. Once at the door, Scout tells Boo to bend his arm and she slips hers into the crook of his hand. With that they walk like a lady and a gentleman to Radley's door. As Boo gets inside and closes the door, Scout thinks to herself that that might be the last time she is seeing Boo.

She turns to walk away, but her view of her neighborhood is different from before. She realizes that Boo had watched them grow up from a distance like a second father and just when they needed help, he walked in and saved them. She remembers what Atticus had said about standing in another man's shoes to understand them. When she returns, Atticus is reading beside Jem's bed. She gets in and curls by her brother's side and goes to sleep.


Scout shows a level of maturity beyond her age as she walks home with Boo and shows him how to position his arm to properly escort a woman. She tries to give him dignity even in front of the eyes of the neighbors who might be watching. She understands Boo’s viewpoint as he sees them as not just neighborhood kids but as his kids. In this last chapter, Lee refers once more to the idea of walking in another person’s shoes. The main topics in the story, equality, class, prejudice, racism and morality pass a strong message that links all the themes throughout the narration.

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