This paper provides an in-depth look at the findings of an Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) with a toddler’s parents in combination with an intricate observation of the same child. Throughout….
Imagination mostly occurs from curiosity, and Dill Is a naturally curious child. When there is something that one isn’t know, they tend to Imagine what It Is, such as Gem’s description of Boo Raddled, “There was a long Jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped. ” (peg 1 6) Gem does not know for sure how Boo Raddled looks Like, so he makes up what Boo appears to look Like In his Imagination. Dill does this not only with cases involving Boo Raddled but multiple other times as well.
But as the story develops, Dill has evolved from a child who is carefree and uses his imagination to satisfy his boredom and curiosity, to a child who uses his imagination o escape from his life full of neglect. Both Dill’s mother and new father show no interest in Dill, and do not enjoy his company, so Dill uses his imagination to create a better life than the one that he has. Dill uses his imagination to escape from reality and to not have to face the life that he does have, one that is not what he wishes to have.
The events In Chapter 14 help develop my understanding of why Dill behaves the way that he does because it explains why Dill uses his Imagination so often, to the extent of lying. “Well, they stayed gone all the time, and when they were home, even, they get off In a room by themselves… -but they TLD want me wealth’s. ” (peg 1 90) Dill felt neglected enough to run away to the only place where he knew that he wouldn’t be ignored: the Finches house.
Whenever Dill goes to their house he is never ignored and is praised and admired by Gem and Scout for having such a clever mind and imagination. At Dill’s house his parents don’t care for him, and only spend time with each other, as if they are the only two in the house. “They buy me everything I want, but it’s now-you’ve-got-it-go-play-with-it. You’ve got a roomful of things. I-got-you-that-book-so-go-read-it. “(peg 191) Dill’s parents buy him everything he wants with the intention for him to leave them alone.
They expect Dill to leave them alone if they buy him everything that he desires, and expect him not to require any love or attention from either of his parents. Dill wants his parents to pay attention to him, and not only care about each other but him as well, and as a result, Dill uses his Imagination to create for himself a world where his parents do care his creativity to escape from his harsh reality, so that it is not necessary for him to think about it or even acknowledge it.