In "To Kill a Mockingbird", what big plan did Dill want to accomplish by the end of the summer? Why is Dill so interested in Boo?

Expert Answers
katemschultz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dill wants to get Boo Radley to come out of his house by the end of the summer. Dill is interested in Boo for several reasons. First of all, Jem and Scout describe him as a thing of legends and horrors--something any kid with an imagination like Dill would be drawn in to. Dill is also an outsider--he hasn't grown up with the rumors and stories Jem and Scout have, so it gives Harper Lee someone for Jem and Scout to explain him to. Also, Dill hasn't had any attention or fame in a while. When he first meets Jem and Scout, he boasts of his age and that he can read, which Jem and Scout don't find very impressive. Dil also explains that his mother won five dollars when she entered his picture in a cute baby contest. Making Boo Radley, the famous legend of the kid in town, would make Dill popular and impressive, at least in the eyes of Jem and Scout.

Read the study guide:
To Kill a Mockingbird

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question