What do we learn from Dill's account of his running away from home in To Kill a Mockingbird?
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We primarily learn that Dill has not lost his knack for telling whoppers over the past two years. The stories concerning his parents are probably all untrue, and only some of the parts about his mode of transportation were probably factual. We also discover that Dill still feels unloved by his parents, preferring to run away back to Maycomb to being ignored at home. As bad as his life may have been, we know that his "new father" did not leave him "bound in chains and left to die in the basement." Likewise, Dill did not exist on "raw field peas" nor did he pull the chains from the wall to escape. His story about joining "a small animal show" and washing the camel is improbable, though Dill later dreams of joining the circus. Dill is angry, hungry and scared, because he believes that his parents
"... do get on a lot better without me, I can't help them any."
He tells Scout that he wants to get a baby with her, knowing that they will be better and more loving parents than his own.
We learn that his father is very abusive and that his parents don't really care about him because they are always in their bedroom.
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