In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, there are several different boundaries that affect the way people live their lives. There are physical boundaries, class boundaries, and racial boundaries. They are important to this story because some of the characters are changed by their boundaries.
Arthur, also known as Boo, Radley is unable to leave his house and has to stay at home all day. People are afraid of him and think he is livid and apoplectic because the rumor is that he stabbed his father with a pair of scissors when he was younger. His physical boundary makes him unable to communicate with other people in the town of Maycomb. I think that Scout’s opinion of Arthur Radley may change because he seems like a main character, and they always talk about him in the book.
Calpurnia is the family’s house keeper who has a racial boundary because she is unable to stay in the same town as the Finch family. She has to live in a neighboring town because the people of Maycomb do not allow black people to live in it. She has to commute over to Maycomb every day to cook and clean for the Finch family. She takes umbrage with some of the language the children use.
Scout and Jem, at the beginning of the book, did not have very many boundaries, but as it gets farther into the story. As they get older, their father Atticus becomes stricter with them and gives them more rules and restrictions because he wants them to mature into nice, polite adults.
I think that the boundaries that some of the characters have right now may change later on in the story. The characters’ boundaries are what create tension between them and makes the story exciting.