Dill is a smart boy who visits Maycomb every summer from Meridian, Mississippi, which he stays up there with his aunt Rachel. Dill is Scouts and Jem closest friend and is pretty much family to them. Dill is connected by isolation and loneliness is by when he runs away from his parents. Dill runs away from home because his parents didn't involve him anything spend time or show they loved him. Dill runs away to Atticus house.
In the classical 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee depicts the social and racial inequality in southern American society during the 1930’s. Residing in Maycomb County, Atticus Finch and his two children, Scout and Jem, gain appreciation for tolerance as they encounter diverse characters such as Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Told from Scout’s perspective of their adventures, Jem and Scout explore the prejudicial flaws of their community. The portrayal of a catalyst and prophet matches the personality of Jeremy “Jem” Atticus Finch; serving as the brother and friend of his sister Scout, Jem’s once innocent and naive world view is exposed to the less savory aspects of southern culture when his father takes on a case defending an African American man accused of rape. As the dehumanizing factors of institutionalized and widespread racial discrimination and prejudice become evident, Jem learns that empathy and human understanding are crucial in realizing full human potential.
From Scout’s narration, readers can tell Dill is very curious and imaginative, when Scout describes him to be inquisitive in the Radleys; “The more we told Dill about the Radleys, the more he wanted to know, the longer he would stand hugging the light-pole on the corner, the more he would wonder.” (13) Lee introduces Dill as a creative and intelligent child, who is still mostly innocent to the world. Jem is also a symbol of innocence in chapter one. When Jem blindly believes Stephanie Crawfords exaggerations of Boo Radley, it shows how naive and trusting he is, and that he hasn’t been epxosed to much lies in the world. Jem is also prideful, which shows when he finally decied to touch the Radley house only when Scout “sneered at him.”
As Dill explains his sad home life Scout finds herself wondering “what life would be like if Jem were different... if Atticus did not feel the necessity of [her] purpose”(143). Scout learns how important her family really is. She feels bad for Dill and realises how lucky she is that Jem and Atticus genuinely loves and need her. As Dill finished explaining his sad home he wonders “what if Boo can't leave”(144).
He realizes that not everyone is morally just and that people often only see skin deep. Before the trial, Dill thought that everybody was treated equally and politely, but when exposed to the black community and how they were treated by the white people, his innocence to racism rapidly faded to shreds. Experience taught him that racism is an awful and grim occurrence in our society that would most likely never go
When Dill arrives, Scout’s interest in things gets stronger as Dill has a curiosity even greater than hers. She especially desires to know more about the Radley house and the stories that surround Boo Radley, who is supposed to be a cruel character. Dill also immediately has the same longing once he learns about Boo Radley, and together along with Jem they try to figure out what really goes on in the Radley house. Another example of Scout’s curiosity is when she hears about Tom Robinson. She comes to his trial and stays through it even though she is not allowed to know the events that occurred to make Tom accused of the crime and the ending verdict.
Dill’s character brings out the playful innocence by his exaggerations and stories. “Dill recited this narrative” (Lee 186) about him being “bound in chains and left to die” (Lee 186) by his hateful stepfather. Because of this, he ran away to Maycomb and hid under Scout’s bed before being discovered. In actuality, he believed that his parents neglected him and he was upset. Being at the age of about seven, Dill had to have got on a train and walked many miles to reach his destination.
The book To Kill a Mockingbird took place in the 1930’s in a tired old town called Maycomb. Racism was at its highest, while jobs were at its lowest. The story is told in the perspective of the main character Scout Finch a 6-year-old girl. She shows the readers how the good people of Maycomb are hurt with the bad of Maycomb. Scout demonstrates this by putting many characters through many obstacles.
Quote # 4- This quote is said by Dill when he and Jem are hatching their plan to lure Boo Radley out of the house. Dill has not been to the town often, and does not know much about Boo Radley other than the spooky stories. The way he addresses the situation
Author Radley represented how easy it is to be dehumanized and what it took to simply prove himself a person, of which is the center of any discrimination. At the beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird, Dill and Jem shared some questionable similarities to Jim Crow, while Scout represented the
Jem was in utter distress when the word “guilty” was spoken. He realized that everything he thought was true, was not. Scout was overcome with anger upon Miss Caroline’s request that she stop learning outside of school. She had a hard time understanding the true meaning of her teacher’s words. Dill was struck with tons of emotion when Mr. Gilmer was rude to Tom.
Dill- Dill can be described as charasmatic. He is somewhat of an onlooker, as is Scout. He is also brave, as he ran away from home to come back to Maycomb. “We watched Dill emerge by degrees… ‘I’m ‘bout to perish,” said Dill. “Got anything to eat?’”
hapters 1-3 1. Scout’s comments and reactions contributed to the pressure Jem felt to accept Dill’s dare. At one point, Scout says, “Always runnin’,”(Lee 17). This insinuates that Jem is alarmed by even the idea of going past the house, so he will surely never have the gall to run up and touch the house. It also states that Scout “sneered at him”(Lee 18).
In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem Finch goes through change and his innocence of the world is lost as the book progresses. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem loses his innocence when he stops playing games with Scout and Dill. As Dill and Scout would play in their tree house, Jem would not want to come play with them. Jem didn’t think they were cool.