As a child, Jean Louise had been a tomboy, and she had an awkward transition into adolescence and womanhood. I lived inside that book. Aunt Alexandra places a great deal of emphasis on the esteem of the Finch family name, believing that some families are of an inherently higher quality than others. Instead, everyone bears the marks of having lived in a racist society although characters reflect this systemic racism in different ways and to varying degrees. Jean Louise sneaks into the courthouse and is appalled by the outright racism going on in the meeting, and feels betrayed by Henry and especially Atticus in their passive condoning.
But I do feel like I have a deeper awareness of the mind that went into Go Set a Watchman. When Hank kisses her, she protests but is secretly pleased. It comes right down to this—the lack of absolute love for language, the lack of sitting down and working a good idea into a gem of an idea. Jean Louise goes to visit Calpurnia, who is cold and distant with her, which upsets Jean Louise greatly. Jean Louise drives home and packs her things, planning to leave Maycomb forever. Dubose with her perfect camellias, ivory and globular against the glossy leaves. Uncle Jack drives up and slaps Jean Louise in the face.
Because Lee wrote it before Mockingbird, that places the time of writing in the mid-1950's, smack in the middle of the landmark Supreme Court decision on Brown vs. He believes what he reads in the racist pamphlet, and he disagrees with the recent Supreme Court decision on integration. This decision would integrate school systems and really start the rolling. After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. Jean Louise and Atticus argue until Jean Louise rushes home to pack and leave Maycomb as soon as possible.
I wrote each one with the bravura that comes with caffeine and the braggadocio that comes with an impending deadline. The next day, Sunday, they go to church, where Jean Louise is reunited with her Uncle Jack, with whom she is close and trusts dearly. She screams that she could never live with a hypocrite, only to notice that Atticus is standing behind them, smiling. It's doubtful, unless Truman Capote actually killed Harper Lee in 1984—in cold blood, —and had been pretending to be her ever since, and this publication is his final vindication before his own demise. Stone never actually explains why he chose this Bible verse to read.
Because, hey—what's more interesting than a 100% morally upright fictional do-gooder? But what upsets her more might be the fact that her world hasn't changed—it never was what she thought it was. Shocked by what she has seen and heard, Jean Louise wanders out of the courthouse and to the site of her childhood home, where an ice cream parlor now stands. Suggestions for Further Reading I use SparkNotes. By letting me into her mind in writing Go Set a Watchman, Lee gave me the heightened clarity of living in the map. Hank arrives and Jean Louise puts her arms around him, and he is pleasantly surprised. Harper Lee is actually a descendant of the famed Confederate General Robert E. Jean Louise has always thought of racial issues as a binary: A person is either for racial equality or against it, either a non-racist or a racist.
When Jean Louise reached puberty, she found herself needing to rely on someone other than Atticus for the first time. In the corner, a crescent moon as thin as a tea-stain rose above a clot of green trees. When Jean Louise transitioned from childhood to womanhood, Calpurnia helped explain the ways of the world to her. When he was twelve Hank started boarding across from the Finches. During a discussion with his daughter, Atticus argues that the blacks of the South are not ready for full civil rights, and the Supreme Court's decision was unconstitutional and irresponsible. In 2015, the book won the primary Choice Award. Although Jean Louise no longer lives in Maycomb, she is still deeply connected to the town emotionally, and during her visit, she has many nostalgic flashbacks to her youth.
Alexandra wants Jean Louise to behave more like a genteel Southern lady, which makes Jean Louise act even more rebelliously than she might have originally been inclined to be. But Atticus always abides by his principle that the law comes first and foremost. She had never even considered herself a girl until she got her period at age eleven. Her uncle lectures her on the complexity of history, race, and politics in the South, in an attempt to get Jean Louise to come to a conclusion, which she struggles to grasp. It provides raw insight into the mind behind. It's like the beta test before the final product.
Disenchantment Sunday The next morning, town gossips claim that Hank and Jean Louise were swimming naked the night before. Should I be nervous that my cobbled-together interpretations of Watchman might become literary dogma? She then continued to work on the manuscript for the next two years, submitting revised manuscripts to her literary agents. He worries about black people taking power and winning government positions. At breakfast, Atticus gets a call from the sheriff and tells him to call Hank instead. They were found the next morning and caused administrative outrage; Henry devised a scheme to have every girl claim that the falsies were hers. Jean Louise, although she has chosen a city identity for six years, belongs to Maycomb by birth and breeding.
Jean Louise watches in secret from the balcony and is horrified. With twenty minutes to spare, I spell-checked and turned it in. Jean Louise was very fond of Dill when she was a child, though these feelings never turned into romantic sensations, since Jean Louise and Dill mostly played with each other when Jean Louise was still a child and very tomboyish. A second and closely related important aspect of Go Set a Watchman is its emphasis on the importance of humanizing heroes. The story is that wrote Go Set a Watchman prior to penning the iconic Mockingbird.