Why was Dill in Maycomb?
Charles Baker Harris, known as Dill, is from Meridian, Mississippi. He is in Maycomb County to spend summers with his aunt Rachel Haverford. He is small for his age and is quite a storyteller. Dill is also curious and sensitive. During Tom Robinson's trial, Scout has to exit the courtroom with Dill when he begins to cry. It upsets Dill when the prosecuting attorney refers to Tom as "boy."
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Dill plays an important role. It is Dill who gives the other children the idea of getting Boo Radley to come outside. Scout recalls that the Radley place "drew him as the moon draws water." Dill's interests in Boo continue to grow as Jem shares the neighborhood tales about Boo. It is a dare from Dill that causes Jem to venture onto the Radley property.
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