A great illustration of the themes of trust and friendship can be seen in the episode where Dill runs away from home. Dill's gone AWOL because he's tired of no longer being the center of his mother's universe now that she's remarried. So he runs off to Maycomb, where he seeks sanctuary at the Finch residence. Or, to be more precise, he seeks sanctuary underneath Scout's bed. Scout's pretty shocked to find him there, as one can imagine, but she's glad to see him all the same. Dill's a very good friend of hers, and she'll do whatever she can to help out.
Much to Scout's disgust, however, Jem goes and tells Atticus what's happened. This is a sign of Jem's growing maturity; he knows that Dill needs to go back home as soon as possible and that telling Atticus is the responsible, adult thing to do, but Scout doesn't see it like that. She thinks that Jem has broken the bond of trust that existed between himself and Dill and betrayed their friendship.
In To Kill a Mockingbird , friendship and trust are...
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