Thursday, March 8, 2007

Scout and Dill hmmm......

Throughout the story we’ve seen a major theme of friendship. This has especially been portrayed through Scout and Dill’s relationship. We know that they are great friends, but Dill has expressed feelings for Scout as more than friends. In chapter 5 Scout says, “He had asked me earlier in the summer to marry him…and he said I was the only girl he would ever love…” (pg 41). When we first learn about Dill’s interest in Scout, most conclude that they are just being kids and it is not unusual to have childhood crushes. But then in later chapters, as in chapter 12, Scout receives a letter from Dill. In one portion of the letter Dill wrote that he would love her forever and not to worry because he would marry her as soon as he gets the money. This leads to some different thoughts about just how serious their relationship is. In chapter 12 Scout also admits, “I was crushed” (pg 16). This shows the feeling between them was mutual. So what do you think about the relationship of Scout and Dill, and do you think that it could ever amount to anything?...

19 comments:

Loopfruit said...

I think that Scout's and Dill's relationship could go both ways. On one hand Scout could get angry with Dill for lying and be through with him. But on the other hand, the author could keep the "romance" going in order to keep the story interesting. So it could amount to something in the end,but for now it is just a silly childhood romance. I guess that we will just have to wait and see.

floridaprincess said...

I'm wondering the same thing. I remember in the beginning Mrs. Schreffler read us something that said the author of this book thought of it as a simple love story more than anything else. Could this be what she was talking about?

Imoen said...

I think that it is typical for little kids to talk about getting married and babies and all of that stuff. I think that Scout and Dill are still very young but they may have a little but of a change due to the fact that they live in such a small area with few inhabitants. SO I guess we'll have to wait and see.

thegoldenone said...

I think the thing between Dill and Scout wont work out. They live to far apart and only see each other every summer. Alot could happen in a summer to make either of them change their minds.I think that Scout is the only friend that is a girl to Dill and he automatically thinks he wants to marry her. But I dont know something could happen later in the book that would make the friendship more serious.

Emily Osment said...

Scout and Dill went up the hill........HaHa nevermind! I think the relationship between Scout and Dill is rather confusing, not to mention it has had a lot of potential in the past. The relationship would be really hard to fufill because of how far Scout and Dill live from eachother, but if it is TRUE LOVE, they could make it work! The problem is will Scout be able to forgive Dill that easily for lying to her? I think she could easily get past that little issue because she admitted that she has had feelings for Dill in the past. Everyone makes mistakes every once in a while, so I don't think that will be any bump in their relationship! It still can be hard to determine though! Scout and Dill, I wish you two the best!

homestar_runner said...

I would have to say no, Scout and Dill's relationship will not amount to anything. Their releationship is just a silly childhood crush, nothing more. Dill's feelings for Scout are not actually feellings of love, because he is too young to understande what that is like, as am I. Even though Scout and Dill aer much younger than we are, I think we could compare their realtionship to a highschool relationship. Both are infatuation not love. Most highschool relationships do not amount to anything, therefore I do not think Scout and Dill's relationship will amount to anything more than a close friendship.

ginger said...

Scout and Dill are just childhood crushes. I don't think that their relationship will ever amount to anything but, I can't really be the judge of that. I mean, it is not completly uncommon for childhood loves to grow up and become somthing more, but it doesn't happen often.

honey said...

Keyword: Infactuation.
The kids think they're in love. Dill's love letter flatters Scout and that's what starts the intimacy and infactuation. It's possible that their friendship can go further and become something much more if they were truly committed but if it's only a temporary "feeling," things aren't going to work out for them. The relationship offered by Dill should be taken maturely, and seriously. If the relationship isn't in effort of fighting for eachother, they aren't going to last. So like 'loopfruits' comment. Their relationship can go both ways.

julia schreffler said...

No, it won't amount to anything they are like 10 thats really a silly question. What 10 year olds actually end up getting married to who they say they will at that age. I don't see anything in their future im sorry to all of you who really want to see their love blossom it just won't happen.

CaptainCrunch said...

I also agree with loopfruit. I think its possible that they could go on to get married and be chilhood sweathearts but Scout also could get sick of his lies or just sick of him and get rid of him. But who really knows, its probably just a thing that they'll have for a while, maybe even a few years, but i doubt they will get married or anything like that, they're just kids.

Mrs. S says... said...

It's interesting that there are no stable husband/wife relationships in this story. Does this not suggest that Dill and Scout's love affair is wishful thinking. Much like thier imaginings of Boo, they imagine love. Perhaps this is all childhood fancy.

PrincessJasmine said...

I personally think that it is too soon to tell whether or not it will amount to anything...i mean .. when i was in third grade i too had a what i thought was a "true love"...well, he was a liar back in the day and quite frankly not much has changed since then. Some personality traits change through out the years and some stick with the person. But, you don't actually know what that person will be like in the future until it happens. As of right now, I think that Scout has clearly stated her frustration with Dill's Lieing problem... I think if their relationship does grow in the future...they will have some issues.

Pop!Goes my heart..for Edward said...

Just a brief glimpse further into the book: things get a little more hot and heavy between the two... Anywho, it's amazing that these two are destined to do so. I understand a little boy saying it once just for fun, but this "promise" is brought up often. On Floridaprincess' theory about this being the possible love story, I think To Kill A Mockingbird is much more than that. Could there be more than just "true love" within the novel? Perhaps there are cases of platonic loves. Take the Finch family for example. Throughout the book I see the family growing stronger. The adult barriers Atticus has establish just might weaken just a little.

Kaminous_the_Great said...

It depends. Logically, no I don't think it could amount to anything. On the other hand, you hear stories about "highschool sweethearts", so why can't this turn out the same, it just so happens that they are not in high school yet. Well, anyways, so far in what I have read, their relationship has not been significant. Dill is unsure of what he wants, so....It is not positive what will happen between Scout and Dill. Lets READ ON!!

money mike said...

I know that they are kids, but I think Dill and Scout will end up get married someday. When Dill says he will love her forever I think he means it. On the other hand they never really see each other, except in the summer, so it might not work out. I think they will eventually get married.

Jesus Christ said...

O come on do you really think that they will get married. That is JUST RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are only kids and don’t know what there talking about. Also everyone knows long distance relationships don’t work. To further prove my point I am sure Scout is a Lesbian I mean she wears pants(Big Sign).

Emily Osment said...

Responding to Jesus Christ:
Wow, what a point Jesus. Not to be rude or anything, but the point that you think you just proved, definately was not proven! I mean just because Scout wears pants she is a lesbian! Are you incinuating that every girl in our school is a lesbian, because if I am not mistaking, EVERYONE WEARS PANTS, INCLUDING GIRLS!

The E of SHE said...

Well put emily. This book is about stereotypes and I believe Jesus just made one (wow never thought I would say that). I don't think Scout and Dill are in love, I just think they are very good friends and they don't want to lose that, and they think marriage is the only way to keep that relationship going.

hash-stead said...

The character of Dill is based on Harper Lee's childhoopd friend. Don't think it can amount to anything .. just infatuation.
I mean, even he (Truman Capote) wrote a book with one of the characters based on her!