Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a classic tale with many important themes. One theme in this novel is “family” which is demonstrated throughout the entire novel, especially when discussing the Finch family.
Jem and Scout Finch are siblings but are also playmates. They enjoy spending time together and learning from their father, Atticus. One summer a young boy named Charles Baker Harris arrives in Maycomb. Charles has relatives in Maycomb and visits during the summers. He introduces himself to the Finch children as Dill and they become quick friends.
Dill also changes the relationship between Jem and Scout. Dill and Jem often exclude Scout from their adventures because of her gender. Dill is a male friend for Jem and the two get into all sorts of mishaps such as skinny-dipping. Dill has a special relationship with Scout too, one of a more romantic nature. The two write love letters back and forth and even share a kiss.
Overall, Dill‘s arrival in Maycomb signals the end of innocence and childhood for both Scout and Jem, as well as the concept that family relationships must change over time.