Harper Lee 's Kill A Mockingbird And Scout Are Negatively Influenced By Dill

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In Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird Jem and Scout are negatively influenced by Dill, a dynamic character who represents childhood. As Dill comes over during the summer Jem and Scout are pressured to do childish things that exhibit immaturity and irresponsibility. The peer pressure from Dill effect Jem and Scout’s decision making process, and pushes them to commit rebellious acts that go against Atticus’, their father, moral values and teachings.

To Kill A Mockingbird first starts with a flashback of the event when Jem was thirteen and broke his arm, the narrator (Scout) and her brother Jem recall the series of events that lead to his broken arm. Jem who is older than Scout by four years said “It began the summer Dill came” (Lee 1). Dill had one of the biggest influences on Jem and Scout, when they look back, it all started with his arrival to Maycomb. When Dill first arrives he introduces himself as Charles Baker Harris a small seven year old boy from Meridian, Mississippi. Dill is characterized as adventurous and his immense personality and imagination allows him to immediately fit in and befriend Jem and Scout. The narrator and her brother also ”we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies"(8). This simile that compares Dill to a “pocket Merlin”, refers to a miniature Merlin, as Dill represents childhood he is often described as small. Not only was Dill physically small and tiny, but also…

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