Compare Dill’s family situation with Scout's.

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Dill comes from a disjointed family, and though it is never directly stated, Dill's mother may have had a divorce and remarried, or is dating someone new, which explains why Dill is continually telling stories about a different father. Dill is sent to live with his aunt in Maycomb each summer, and he tells Scout that his parents never spend much time with him. While Dill admits that he has loving parents, he feels like he is not wanted and is treated as an afterthought at home. Dill also feels the need to exaggerate his life in order to compensate for his negative feelings and situation. Unlike Dill, Scout has a loving, compassionate father, who shares his time and energy with his daughter. Atticus is also a positive role model and gives Scout important life lessons throughout the novel. Scout also has a protective, caring older brother, who plays with her and keeps her company. Scout's structured, healthy home life contrasts greatly with Dill's disjointed family atmosphere. 

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