Charles “Dill” Harris is a boy of ten or eleven during most of the period the novel covers. He is a confused, insecure person, largely because his home life is unstable and he is sent away to Maycomb every summer.
“Coward” seems a harsh label to apply to such a young child. The events during the period that Harper Lee addresses in chapters 1–11 offer relatively few occasions to show bravery or fear, but Dill shows some of both. His insecurity makes him prone to invent stories. Rather than a coward, it might make sense to evaluate times when his fear affects him negatively, when it keeps him from accepting responsibility or prompts him to lie.
Dill’s inventions with regard to Arthur “Boo” Radley also show him sometimes to be inconsiderate or unkind (
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