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Posted April 26, 2013 at 3:28 AM via web

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When the children become bored, what does Dill suggests that they try to do in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM (Answer #1)

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When the children become bored, what does Dill suggests that they try to make Boo Radley come out.

Boo Radley is the neighborhood monster.  Since he has an unusual history and has not been seen in public for years, the children are curious.  Boo’s story includes a past of troubled youth, including an incident where he stabbed his father in the leg with scissors.  As a result, he has developed a legend of violence, with neighbors suggesting everything from peeping in windows at night to eat animals raw.

When Dill first came to visit his Aunt Rachel  and met Scout and Jem, he became curious about Boo Radley.

The Radley Place fascinated Dill. In spite of our warnings and explanations it drew him as the moon draws water, but drew him no nearer than the light-pole on the corner, a safe distance from the Radley gate. (ch 1)

The children act out Boo Radley’s story throughout the summer, and attempt to touch the house, peek in the windows, and leave notes.  Under Dill’s influence, Boo goes from being something to avoid to an attraction.

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