What is something Dill worries about?I'm writing a poem and I have to know what he wants pretends worries about craves for what he tries

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Dill is Jem and Scout's best summer friend during their childhoods. He makes up elaborate stories about his own childhood, in order to hide the truth of his life, passing from relative to relative.

  • He wants acceptance from the Finches, and a complete family of his own, as he imagines Atticus and his children. That is why he runs away, hides under Scout's bed, etc.
  • He pretends to have an overly exciting life, inventing a train-conductor father, trips he never took, and a "new father who was a lawyer". All of these are his own imagination, but it shows again how lonely he is, and how desperately he wants to belong to a family.
  • He worries about being discovered in his lies, and being abandoned by Jem and Scout. This most likely results from his own family's separation.
  • His cravings are essentially the same as what he wants.

Finally, what he tries is to belong. He tries to become a member of Scout's family, and takes an active interest in Tom's case. Indeed, it is Dill who seems most upset at the courthouse, rushing out when the injustice makes him sick to his stomach. He truly is a sensitive, inventive boy.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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