Go Set a Watchman HARPER LEE

Nelle Harper Lee was born in the small town of Monroeville, Alabama on April 28, 1926. She is best known for writing To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published July 11, 1960 . Her novel became a classic and won the Pulitzer Prize. Many elements from her life was written into her bestseller. Go Set a Watchman was an early draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. The draft was summited in 1957, but was turned down. Lee revised the story and To Kill a Mockingbird was the outcome. The early draft was not found until her lawyer found it and it was published in February 2015. Harper Lee died in an assisted living facility in Monroeville. She passed on February 19, 2015. She was 89 years old.

Go Set a Watchman is a fictional novel that is set in the small, fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. The themes of the story are adulthood and racism

Jean Louise Finch leaves New York City to visit her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama where she spends time with her Aunt Alexandra, her love interest Hank, and her father Atticus. While she's there, Atticus and Hank go to a citizens' council meeting. Jean Louise finds a pamphlet about how black people are inferior. She decides to go to the council meeting and she couldn't believe what she saw. A pro-segregation speaker was giving a racist speech about black people. She couldn't believe that Hank and Atticus would attend a meeting like this.


Jean Louise Finch - A 26 year old woman who works in New york City. She visits her hometown of Maycomb for a vacation.

Atticus Finch - A 72 year old man who is the father of Jean Louise. He is also a well- known lawyer in Maycomb.

Alexandra Finch Hancock - The aunt of Jean Louise and the sister of Atticus. She tries to teach Jean Louise how to be more lady-like.

Henry Clinton - A 30 year old man who works with Atticus. He was taken in by Atticus after the death of his son Jem. Henry tries to marry Jean louise on many occasions, but is always turned down and they go on dates instead.

The major conflict in this book is between Jean Louise and Atticus. They have a heated argument about Atticus' views. Jean Louise turns her back on him and walks away.


I've really enjoy this novel. My favorite parts are the flashbacks. They remind me of how To Kill A Mockingbird was written. It's also good to see how characters turn out after the original story. My only real problem with this book is how Atticus turned out to be a racist. Over all, this is a must read for a To Kill a Mockingbird fan.


"For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth."

This quote contributes to the book because it contains the actual title. It represents how the main character finds out that half the town is racist including her father and her love interest.

"Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends."

This quote is important because there was a council meeting and a pro-segregation person spoke. They talked about how black people were inferior to white men. There was no reason to this comment - just a belief. In the book, the characters went to church quite often. They had a deep faith with no hard evidence that God existed.


Callous - insensitive

Profound - far reaching

Rumination - calm, lengthy, intent consideration

Disarm - render harmless

Disapprobation - wrong, morally culpable

Predilection - predisposition in favor of something

Profane - grossly irreverent toward what is to be held sacred


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