Explain the changes in Dill's life over the last year in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Dill is the static character in this story. He is the only one who doesn't really show any kind of maturing. Dill is the one who dares Jem to touch the Radley house. He is the one who comes up with the “Boo Radley” game, and he makes up unbelievably wild stories. In Chapter 22 after the trial, Dill tells Scout and Jem that when he grows up he is going to be a clown. He doesn’t fully understand what happened at the trial. Even though Dill cries during the trial and has to leave, the tears are not from understanding what is happening; they are because he doesn’t understand. He keeps his innocence throughout the story, while Jem and Scout loose a part of theirs because they are forced to see the side of human nature that destroys.

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