How is Dill viewed as a hero or heroic in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout certainly views Dill as her little knight in shining armor who comes to Maycomb each summer, and a romance soon blossoms between the two. Dill boldly tells Scout that he will marry her wone day, and she seems to accept the statement willingly. Dill has seen and experienced things that Jem and Scout have not. Dill regularly attends movies in his home of Meridian (Maycomb has no theatre), and his description of Dracula immediately makes admirers out of the Finch children. Dill has been to other places and states, while Jem and Scout apparently have rarely (if ever) been outside Maycomb County. Dill's wild imagination is also a source of admiration, and his curiosity about Boo Radley leads the children to many adventures that Jem and Scout may not have undertaken on their own. Dill's invention of the Boo Radley game becomes their prime source of entertainment for one summer. Later, Dill saves Jem from having to explain why he was wearing no pants by blurting out that they were playing strip poker. Jem and Scout listen in awe as Dill explains how he had run away from home and ventured on his own to Maycomb just before the trial. Such adventures made Jem and Scout forgive Dill for his occasional lies, and they viewed him much like the traditional hero who appears from afar to save the day.

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