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In chapter 1, what game does Dill invent?

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taranehjafa | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 27, 2010 at 2:45 PM via web

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In chapter 1, what game does Dill invent?

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 28, 2010 at 5:04 AM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter One of To Kill a Mockingbird, Dill, a newcomer to Maycomb, is introduced to the people in Scout's world--Jem, Atticus, Calpurnia, and most importantly, the Radelys.  Dill takes a fascination with the Radley family and their reclusive ways.  He is escpecially interesting in Arthur "Boo" Radely, the youngest son of the family (who is now approximately 33) who has been locked in the house for over about 15 years.

To break up the monotony of summer, Dill suggests that he, Jem and Scout try to get Boo Radley to come out of his house.  The following chapters will explore their different methods, Scout's reluctance to do so, and Atticus' anger at them bothering the family.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 28, 2010 at 6:14 AM (Answer #2)

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Later than chapter 1, actually chapter 4, Dill invents the Boo Radley game. This game shows the kids acting out the neighborhood legend about Boo, his mother, and father.

Jem plays the part of Boo and hides under the porch while Dill and Scout play the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Radley. This is the only 'game' he is truly credited with inventing and it occurs in chapter 4, not 1.

Otherwise, chapter one does position Dill as a contributor to the plays that Jem and Scout have been playing for years.

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