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"To Kill a Mockingbird" Character Study: Dill

Through this prezi, I explore and analyse Dill in Harper Lee's award-winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird".

Owen Wang

on 9 October 2013

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Transcript of "To Kill a Mockingbird" Character Study: Dill

Character study: Dill To Kill a Mockingbird Who and What He Is Physical Characteristics "Dill has snow white and stuck to his head like duckfluff...[and] he habitually pull[s] at a cowlick in the center of his forehead" according to Scout.
He is also very short because "Scout tower[s] over him."
Dill has blue eyes.
Personality Traits Dill is curious. "The Radley Place fascinates him." It shows how child-like he is because of his curiosity towards things.
He is also very daring. His actions for daring Jem to touch the Radley house are very crazy. The queer thing is, not only he gets involved trying to make Boo Radley come out, he does it three times. I think he is adventurous and has adventurous spirit as well.
When Dill "cries about the simple hell people give other people-without even thinking." He is compassionate towards everyone including Negroes. Dill's Emotional Psyche One's emotional state can be influenced by many aspects in a person's life. For example, it may be affected during a person's childhood, their education, their genes and their development in later life. In Dill's situation, however, the lack of family has a huge impact on his life. Therefore he always tries to draw attention to himself because he does not receive those kinds of attention at home. Strong Beliefs Dill is an outsider which means he perceives Maycomb County from a different point of view as to Scout's perspective. In Dill's case, he believes that he should have fun. This quote, "so I'm gonna join the circus and laugh my head off," shows us that Dill cannot do much about the situation therefore to join the circus is his way of trying to fix things. Dominant Emotions In text, Dill displays many emotions: happy, sad, scared, and mysterious. The most dominant Dill expresses is happiness and curiosity. "His laugh is sudden and happy." This is the impression Scout has for Dill during the first summer. As you can see, Dill is always laughing away at things.
Because of Dill's lack of family and lack of approval from his parents, his display of insecurity and his eagerness to make friends ties him together with Jem and Scout. "[Dill] habitually pull[s] at a cowlick in the center of his forehead" is a habit he does for attention and an effort to make himself noticeable. "Dill is from Meridian, Mississippi" which marks him an outsider from Maycomb County. Because of his circumstance, he does not know the Maycomb traditions and practices which leads to trouble in the future. Dill also does not have the real attention he needs for his age for he is an orphan. "...he just gets passed around from relative to relative, and Miss Rachel keep him every summer," Francis tells Scout. Dill's unique background marks him different from all the other boys in Maycomb. Symbolism of Dill Dill could be many things, as Scout describes him as being "a villain's villain: [for] he could get into any character part assigned [to] him" in the dramas that Scout and Jem played during the summer. Wonder and Loneliness
To swim, we need to know how to properly do the strokes. However, the most important thing is to know how to take care of ourselves while swimming because we are alone and we have to navigate through the water by ourselves while we're swimming. Dill, on the other hand, does not know how to swim. So he is one of those who cannot navigate by himself. He needs someone else to take care of him, this is symbolizing the loneliness of Dill as a child. Innocence Dill represents innocence in this story not only because both Jem and Scout grows up at the end, but also because Lee initially didn't want Dill to grow up. Additionally, Dill is innocent because of his inability to comprehend the idea that whites dominated over blacks. However, he still cries for Tom Robinson because he feels that it is unfair to treat a human being this way. Company Even though Dill is lonely and lost, he still accompanies Jem and Scout through their adventures. He makes them feel important. When he is not with them during the school year, Scout feels "miserable without him...." This also shows how Dill has made an impression upon the children that will stay. Imagination and Ideology When Scout first comes to know Dill during the first summer through the long dramas they had, she recognizes Dill "as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies." Dill is filled with strange fancies because he is like a child in his dreamy world. Plus he never really had a family who paid enough attention to him to hear his strange "adventures". Fun facts Dill is actually a real person in real life. Harper Lee used him as a base for the character Dill. Truman Capote is Harper Lee's next door neighbor when they were small and Lee saw a reason to keep him a memory by writing him in as Dill.
"Dill" is a herb which brings flavour into food, could be that he brings flavor into the novel. Also, in old language usage a dill is someone who's very foolish, and that represents the character Dill in someway. By: Owen Wang The Exploration of Dill as a boy who never grows up.
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