CliffsNotes on Lee's Go Set a Watchman

CliffsNotes on Lee's Go Set a Watchman

Gregory Coles

Language: English

Pages: 36


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

CliffsNotes on Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, authored before but sensationally published well after Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, includes everything you’ve come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including summaries and analyses of Lee’s novel. Features of this Lit Note include

• Focused summaries of the plot and analysis of important themes, symbols, and character development
• Character analyses of major characters, focusing on what motivates each character
• Brief synopsis of the novel
• Short quiz

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staunch a supporter of equal rights as she once believed forces Jean Louise to separate her own conscience from her father’s. (Ironically, many readers have similarly idealized Atticus Finch and found the notion of his being anything less than perfect to be intolerable.) Although it pains Jean Louise to lose her childhood vision of her father, she comes of age as an independent thinker. As her frequent memories from childhood and puberty emphasize, growing up is a layered and complex process that

for racial equality or against it, either a non-racist or a racist. (Upon learning that Atticus holds attitudes she considers racist, Jean Louise lumps him with Grady O’Hanlon in her mind.) But Atticus resists Jean Louise’s binary. He is at once admirable and reprehensible, at once a hero and a villain. This blurring of boundaries is something Atticus himself encourages when he asks Jean Louise to judge Hank kindly. He says, “Some men who cheat their wives out of grocery money wouldn’t think of

black people are genetically inferior to whites. Dr. John Hale (Jack) Finch Jean Louise’s uncle and Atticus’ younger brother. Atticus paid Jack’s way through medical school, and Jack went on to become a successful orthopedic doctor. Well educated and reclusive, Jack often talks in tangents and makes references to obscure works of literature. Jack is the one white man in Maycomb who Jean Louise knows is not a member of the citizens’ council, and so she goes to him to try to make sense of the

and that “it wasn’t sad at all.” Atticus tries to ask his daughter about New York City, but she redirects the conversation back to Maycomb gossip. Alexandra comments on Jean Louise’s outfit, wishing that her niece would dress better while in Maycomb. Jean Louise maintains that the inhabitants of Maycomb are accustomed to seeing her dressed casually and would be shocked by anything more proper. She mentions menstruation, and Atticus silences her, asking her to apologize to her aunt, which she

tends to view racial issues. The challenge to normative standards of propriety also appears in Jean Louise’s childhood flashback. Her “revival service” with Jem and Dill, although it follows the structures of religious behavior, is nonetheless entirely lacking any spiritual content. For these children, religion is simply a way of reaffirming propriety, one more set of societal rules to follow. The dinner visit of Reverend Moorehead and his wife, who equate Jem and Jean Louise’s misbehavior with

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