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Contrast Dill's family situation to that of the Finches.

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Dill has an unstable home environment. His mother has recently remarried, and it's clear that he's not getting much attention from either his mom or his new step-dad. It's not altogether surprising that he should run away from home and hide out at the Finch residence. However, Dill greatly exaggerates just how bad his home life is; he spins elaborate tales of his step-father physically abusing him. But as he later confesses, they're completely untrue. That said, it's certainly the case that he doesn't receive much attention from his folks, and that's a kind of abuse. One gets the impression there's not a whole lot of love at home.

The Finch family couldn't be more different. Though Scout and Jem are just as likely to get into scrapes as Dill,...

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The Finch children don't have a mom because she died and Dill doesn't have a father. His father is not dead, but is not in the picture. Dill also comes to stay with his aunt during the summers; whereas the the Finch kids stay at home.

The Finch Children have Calpurnia, their cook, as a mother figure since Atticus is very busy with his job, a lawyer. An example of this is she taught Scout how to write before she was in school just as Atticus is responsible for teaching her how to read at a very young age.