If Aunt Alexandra represents the growing encroachment of the adult world in To Kill a Mockingbird, what do you think Dill represents for Scout?
This is for To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 14 discussion questions.
For Scout, Dill primarily represents friendship and a love interest. You may have noticed that Scout has very few close friends that are her own age; her main playmate when Dill is away from Maycomb is her brother, Jem. Dill also represents a worldly presence, an outsider who comes from a larger town (Meridian) in another state (Mississippi), and thus offers a more expansive view of life outside Maycomb. He also acts as kind of a youthful counterpoint to Boo Radley: Dill is an outcast within his own family, shuttled around between relatives while his parents pursue their own interests. He is psychologically damaged by his parents' treatment, and both Jem and Scout recognize the contrast to their own happy family life,