- Go Set A Watchman 👇
✍️ Author: Harper Lee
🗣️ Thoughts: Lee returns with a sequel to her beloved classic - To Kill a Mockingbird - 55 years after it was published. Years later, things in Maycomb have changed. Jean-Louise (Scout) is now a strong, independent woman who is visiting home from New York. Atticus Finch is now an old man, grooming his successor in a young man named Henry (Hank). Hank and Scout are childhood friends and have been together for years now. Being a woman, Scout is expected to act more womanly by her aunt Alexandra who constantly chides her for being too forward and open. Unfazed by the social expectations imposed upon her, Scout is unsettled by the patronization of a fast developing black community by the white. She feels as lonely as a liberal in a conservative world. Even while she sees her rigid morals being questioned, she sees Atticus sharing a table with a known racist.
Go Set A Watchman does not tell a specific story as with its predecessor where the case of sexual assault forms the backdrop. Instead, Lee chooses to form a moral discourse through Scout's dialogues with other characters. While Scout has an objective outlook towards the upliftment of the Black community, Atticus shows her a different perspective of how "equality" can be detrimental when enforced without enabling them to become contributing members of the society. This is similar to providing caste-based quotas blindly without closing the fundamental gaps first such as social ostracization, primary education, healthcare, etc.
A thought-provoking read in today's far-right world where forced equality is becoming the norm.