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Dill (Charles Baker Harris)
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Quotes
"Dill was from Meridian Mississippi, was spending the summer with his Aunt Miss Rachel and would be spending every summer in Maycomb from now on." (7)


"He wore blue linen shorts that buttoned to his shirt, his hair was snow white and stuck to his head like duck fluff; he was a year my senior but I towered over him." (page 8)


"...His blue eyes would lighten and darken; his laugh was sudden and happy; he habitually pulled at a cow lick in the centre of his forehead." (page 8)


"Dill you've got to stop going off without tellin' her."(236)


"I lay on my back and waited for sleep, and while waiting I thought of Dill"(263)


"...i wondered how many times Dill had stood there hugging the fat pole, watching waiting hoping."(306)


Describing Words:

Curious

Vivid Imagination

Sensitive

Unstable

Undisciplined

Reckless

Adventurous

Innocent

Mischevious

Lier

Observer


Character Information:
Dill is the little boy that comes from Meridan, Mississippi who spends every summer holidays with his Aunt Rachel who lives next door to the Finch Family. Dill is aware of his Aunts drinking habits. He doesn't have a father and he doesn't know where he lives or if he'll ever come back. Dill meets the young Finch kids Jem and Scout and soon becomes very good friends with them. Each summer the kids find and explore many ways on trying to make Boo Radley come out of his dark and creepy house as they are so fascinated about him. Although Dill is young, he has a great relationship with Scout, and after his second summer in Maycomb he asks her to Marry him. Unlike Scout and Jem he lacks the security of family love. He is unwanted and unloved by his parents; "They do get on a lot better without me, I cannot help them ". And Francis Hancock the cousin of Jem and Scout say, "He hasn't got a home, he just gets passed around from relative to relative." Even Miss Rachel, whom he stays with over the summer, is not a woman deserving of a child's trust and love. He is well aware of her drinking habits. He doesn't have a father, he doesn't know where he lives or when he'll come back.

When the kids adventure into the court room, Dills senisitive nature is contrasted when he starts to cry about the way the prosecuting attorney treats Tom whiles he's on the stand. Dill doesnt get the full concept on why anyone would want to be so crule to another human being because of their race.

Dill provides for Scout a practical example in family dynamics. He feels unwanted by his fractured family but she knows only love from her single parent. Dill dwells in his 'own twilight world' (page 158, Chapter 14); perhaps his wild imagination is stimulated by his unhappiness in his everyday existance.


Source: York Notes: To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee (Page 71-72)


"Outsider or Insider"
The Maycomb society is close-knit and they view outsiders with suspicion. In the novel, Dill is both an insider and and outsider. At the beginning, Dill was classed as an outsider because he comes from Mississippi. But having the advantages of relatives (Miss Rachel) in Maycomb and as well as being a young child, Dill finds that he is suddenly accepted into the town by becoming friends with the Finch kids(Jem and Scout).


Essential Question:
´╗┐´╗┐Dill is related to the question of "How does fear and ignorance affect our society?" This is particulary because Dill shows his ignorance when he doesn't let anyone else take the easy way out, and he contradicts himself in his decision making by not listening to others and making them do things that are not particularly exciting for them, although they always end up dong it anyway. For example, when Dill persuades Scout to play the Radley game that Jem invented even though Scout was against it from the beginning, by saying that she was a coward. In other words, Dill is an attention seeker and can also be seen as a rebel in some ways. Dill shows fear when everyone is in court proceding with the Tom Robinson case, and the prosecuting attorney is acusing Tom by saying unpleasant words and Dill begins to cry. By crying, Dill is showing that he fears for Tom Robinson and is showing his other side and inner feelings that you don't really notice at the beginning of the novel.
-Brianna


Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_To_Kill_a_Mockingbird_characters

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/To-Kill-a-Mockingbird-Character-Analysis-Dill-Harris.id-143,pageNum-97.html