An Analysis Of ' Go Set A Watchman ' Essay

951 Words Apr 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Published in July of 2015, the book is Lee’s second full-length novel following her Pulitzer Prize-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960). Though initially touted as a sequel, “Go Set a Watchman”—the manuscript of which was allegedly discovered during an appraisal of Lee’s belongings in 2011—is actually the first draft of what would later become Lee’s masterpiece. Following the phenomenal success of that book, Lee shunned public life and returned to Monroeville, Alabama. Now eighty-nine-years-old, she resides in an assisted living facility. Given the great, and controversial, fanfare surrounding the book’s publication—a literary event, if ever there was one—it is somewhat difficult to offer an objective look at “Go Set a Watchman.” Of course, the work stands up best when viewed as a companion piece to “To Kill a Mockingbird” as opposed to a singular endeavor (in this reporter’s humble opinion). Therefore, the following reflections are viewed through that lens. As the story opens, readers are (re)introduced to twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—as she journeys home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus, in Maycomb, Alabama. Still a practicing attorney, Atticus is struggling with the debilitating effects of rheumatoid arthritis. His sister, Alexandra, lives in the family home and serves as a caretaker of sorts. Atticus also finds help from Henry (“Hank”) Clinton, who works with him—and who also serves as a longtime romantic interest…

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