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Describe some of Dill's most consistent behaviors in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Dill, like most of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird, is a fascinating character with enough depth to pass as a real person. In the novel, he has several distinctive behaviors.

Bragging

Even the first time Dill meets Scout and Jem, he brags: "I'm Charles Baker Harris, and I can read!" He goes on to tell them about winning a photo contest, going to the movies constantly, and more. Dill loves to brag and "one up" others, even if his statements aren't always true.

Lying

Scout quickly identifies Dill as a frequent liar. Dill loves to tell stories of adventures that couldn't possibly be true (going up in a mail plane, traveling to Canada, etc.) He particularly tells lies about his father, who we come to realize is not in his life at all. As Dill grapples with feelings of embarrassment and abandonment over his absentee father, he decides to fabricate stories of an impressive man with wealth, power, and a great beard.

Adventuring

Dill loves a good adventure. He is often the one of the children to come up with a new plan, game, or scheme. Sometimes, this means good fun. Sometimes, this means instigating or daring others into something that might be wrong or dangerous.

Overall, Dill is a fun character with some devilish tendencies that add to Jem's and Scout's adventurous childhood.

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