What Does Dill Dare Jem To Do

3 Answers

literaturenerd's profile pic

literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

The dare between Dill and Jem appears in chapter one of Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. For the bet, Dill bet Jem The Gray Ghost book against two Swifts that Jem would not be able make it past the Radley's gate. This bet was made based upon a previous conversation between Jem and Dill when Dill stated that he wanted to see what Boo looked like.

Jem told Dill that trying to get Boo to come out of the house would get him killed and, therefore, Dill knew that Jem was really afraid of Boo. Based upon this, Dill made the first bet.

Jem tried for three days to get Jem to approach the house and get Boo to come out. It is not until the third day that "Dill got him." In the end, the bet between Dill and Jem only required Jem to touch the Radley house.

Jem stood in thought so long that Dill made a mild concession: “I won’t say you ran out on a dare an‘ I’ll swap you The Gray Ghost if you just go up and touch the house.” Jem brightened. “Touch the house, that all?” Dill nodded.

Jem, not known to ever decline a dare, ran up, touched the house, and tore past Dill and Scout. It was not until the children were safe back on their porch that they thought they saw movement in the Radley window.

quiqui's profile pic

quiqui | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

In chapter one, Dill dares Jem to go up and touch the hpuse. Jem pretends not to be afraid, but he is still scared as he runs away. Later Atticus scolds them for trying to provoke Boo Radley.