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Explain how Harper Lee uses Mrs. Dubose and Boo Radley to develop the theme that things aren't always what they seem in To Kill A Mockingbird?

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One of the themes that Harper Lee explores throughout the novel, which corresponds to Jem and Scout's childhood innocence, is that appearances can be deceiving and that things are not always what they seem. As children, Jem and Scout are naive and do not recognize the racial prejudice throughout their quiet community. Two characters that represent the theme of mystery in the small town are Mrs. Dubose and Arthur "Boo" Radley. Both characters have secrets that are not perceptible to the public. Mrs. Dubose is portrayed as an outspoken racist, who publicly criticizes Atticus in front of his children. However, Jem and Scout learn that she is battling her secret addiction to morphine and is a relatively courageous individual. Mystery also surrounds Boo Radley, who remains indoors and is never seen during the day by his community members. Miss Maudie tells Scout that nobody knows what secrets are behind the Radley's front door. Overall, Mrs. Dubose's secret battle to conquer her morphine addiction and Boo Radley's enigmatic nature help develop the theme of mystery, which corresponds to Jem and Scout's childlike perspective of their community.

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