In To Kill a Mockingbird, why does Dill make up fantastic stories?

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Charles Baker Harris, or Dill as he is called, probably conjures fantastic stories for a number of reasons.

  1. He is a very imaginative child because Dill is a character who is modeled after Harper Lee's friend, Truman Capote, the famous author of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and many novels, including The Grass Harp and In Cold Blood. He also is imaginative because he has no father and receives little attention from his mother, and so must entertain himself.
  2. Because he is insecure in his home life, Dill attempts to gain attention from Jem and Scout through his creative talents. Thus, he becomes Scout's favorite playmate.
  3. Dill is an only child and finds himself competing with Jem and Scout, so he seeks a leadership role in their games and escapades. He does not want them to feel sorry for him.
  4. Because Jem and Scout are bright children, also, Dill wishes to be liked, so he creates activities and stories around what the Finch children like to do.

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