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Dill by Mind Map: Dill


1.1. Everyone should be treated equally

1.1.1. Let him get a bit older and he won't get sick and cry. Maybe things'll strike him as being - not quite right, say, but he won't cry, not when he gets a few years on him. 'Cry about what, Mr Raymond?' Dill's maleness was beginning to assert itself. 'Cry about the simple hell white people give coloured folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too. (page 219 chapter 20) When Dill sees coloured people getting treated poorly compared to white people, it made him cry and feel sick.

1.2. He does not belong with his parents

1.2.1. That wasn't it, he - they just wasn't interested in me. Well, they stayed gone all the time, and when they were home, even, the'd get off in a room by themselves. What'd they do in there? Nothin', just sittin' and readin' - but they didn't want me with 'em. (page 155 chapter 14) Dill ran away from his family and to Maycomb. He did this because he did not feel that he belongs with his parents, he feels he belongs in Maycomb with Jem and Scout.

1.3. Imagination

1.3.1. whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies. (page 8 chapter 1) Dill was off again. Beautiful things floated around in his dreamy head. He could read two books to my one, but he preferred the magic of his own inventions. (page 156 chapter 14) Dill is always coming up with new ideas and values his imagination. His imagination is of his key characteristics that makes him act the way he does and is the reason he tells lots of stories to Scout.

1.4. Helping others

1.4.1. 'Ah - I won 'em from him,' he said vaguely. 'Won them? How?' Dill's hand sought the back of his head. He brought it forward and across his forehead. 'We were playin' strip poker up yonder by the fish-pool,' he said. (page 60 chapter 6) When Jem was questioned why he did not have any pants on, Dill stepped in to help him get of the situation. Dill made up a story so that Jem would not get in trouble for climbing into the Radley's place.

2. ACTS LIKE-Georgina

2.1. Adventurous

2.1.1. "He had taken thirteen dollars from his mother’s purse, caught the nine o’clock from Meridian and got off at Maycomb Junction. He had walked ten or eleven of the fourteen miles to Maycomb, off the highway in the scrub bushes lest the authorities be seeking him, and had ridden the remainder of the way clinging to the backboard of a cotton wagon." page 141, chapter 14 This quote represents the childhood theme of the book and Dill's curiosity in Scout and Jem's life. Dill shows scout and Jem how exciting life can be and how they can live it to the fullest without their intriguing neighborhood and lifestyles.

2.2. Imaginative

2.2.1. " In this matter we were lucky to have Dill. He played the character parts formerly thrust upon me— the ape in Tarzan, Mr. Crabtree in The Rover Boys, Mr. Damon in Tom Swift. Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin" Page 8, Chapter 1 This quote shows the readers a bit more about Dill's personality, seeing as Jem and Scout are present in this section of the novel it helps the readers understand Dill's imagination and impish behavior because of the comparison to Scout and Jem.

2.3. Childish/ Mischevous

2.3.1. “You mean when somebody’s dyin‘ you can smell it?” “No, I mean I can smell somebody an‘ tell if they’re gonna die. An old lady taught me how.” Dill leaned over and sniffed me. “Jean—Louise—Finch, you are going to die in three days.” Dill is such an unusual character in the book seeing as he is so different from the kids his age. His ideas still represent some of the main themes of the book as what he says in this quote is so foolish and unbelievable like most of the rumors circulating maycomb, his childish behavior reflects on the town


3.1. Friendship

3.1.1. In this matter we were lucky to have Dill. He played the character parts formally thrust upon me - the ape in Tarzan, Mr Crabtree in The Rover Boys, Mr Damon in Tom Swift. (page 8 chapter 1) Dill does not mind playing the bad parts because he is friends with them. Friendship motivates him to do this and he still has fun because he is with his friends.

3.2. Curiosity

3.2.1. Dill gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out. The Radley Place fascinated Dill. In spite of our warnings and explanations it drew him as the moon draws water, (page 8 chapter 1) Dills curiosity makes him interested in the Radley's because they are so mysterious. It motivates him to do things to try and find out more about the Radley's.

3.3. Acceptance

3.3.1. Dill Harris could tell the biggest ones I ever heard. Among other things, he had been up in a mail plane seventeen times, he had been to Nova Scotia, he had seen an elephant, and his granddaddy was Brigadier General Joe Wheeler and left him his sword. (page 51 chapter 5) Dill wants to be Scout and Jem's friends, he makes up stories about his life to try and make them interested in him and entertain them.


4.1. Outsider

4.1.1. Jem was standing in a corner of the room, looking like the traitor he was. "Dill, I had to tell him," he said. "You can't run three hundred miles off without your mother knowin'." Dill ran away from his home (which is located outside of Maycomb), however he is still excepted into Maycomb

4.2. Liar

4.2.1. Dill Harris could tell the biggest ones (lies) I ever heard. Among other things, he had been up in a mail plane seventeen times, he had been to Nova Scotia, he had seen an elephant, and his granddaddy was Brigadier General Joe Wheeler and left him his sword. (Page 51, chapter 5) Dill was a compulsive liar however became very upset when Bob Ewell & Mayella both used lies to win the case over Tom Robinson.

4.3. Curious & Innocent

4.3.1. He plays childish games such as daring Jem to touch the Radley house and creating the “Boo Radley” game.

5. LOOKS LIKE-Maddie

5.1. Unusually small

5.1.1. “Sitting down, he wasn’t much higher than the collards.” A collard is a vegetable - from 2 to 4 ft tall

5.2. White hair

5.2.1. "His hair was snow white and stuck to his hard like duck fluff"

5.3. Blue eyes

5.3.1. "As he told us the old tale his blue eyes would lighten and darken" Explain


6.1. Childhood

6.1.1. "Because you're children you can't understand it, he said, and because i heard that one-He Jerked his head at Dill:things haven't caught up with his instinct yet." page 205 chapter 18 Seeing as the main character of the book is a child the theme of childhood is used heavily throughout the book. Dill and scout are the youngest in the book and they may seem to drag the readers away from the the main point of the book but actually they show the sadness of how naive these children are to the main issues of the situation, Dill finds Maycomb very interesting but doesn't exactly understand what everything means.

6.2. Innocence

6.2.1. "I think I'll be a clown when I get grown," said Dill. "Yes, sir, a clown.... There ain't one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I'm gonna join the circus and laugh my head off." "You got it backwards, Dill," said Jem. "Clowns are sad, it's folks that laugh at them." "Well, I'm gonna be a new kind of clown. I'm gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks." Dill innocence is shown through this quote as it is metaphorically showing us how the world is seen through Dills eyes (the eyes of a child), this shows how sthe outstanding characters of the book are symbolized as being the sad clown and the world is laughing at them.

6.3. Family

6.3.1. “You ain’t said anything about him.” “I haven’t got one.” “Is he dead? “No…” “Then if he’s not dead you’ve got one, haven’t you?” Dill blushed and Jem told me to hush, a sure sign that." page 8 chapter 1 Dill thinks of the Finch's as his family because he doesn't really feel a part of his family, this quote shows us as the readers that Dill must have some problems at home, scout being her age doesn't understand when she needs to stop but Jem is picking up on Dill's hints aka the blushing.