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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the racial tension on the NAACP, which she says has undone all the progress white folks have made in “civilizing” black folks. Jean Louise wonders whether everyone in her hometown has changed into a racist or whether it is she who has changed. Jean Louise attends the Coffee held in her honor, where well-dressed women sit around talking about lives that hold no interest for Jean Louise. She overhears some women talking about the trial of Calpurnia’s grandson and that they haven’t had a “good

listening to what the women say and responding only in her own mind. When she does finally speak to argue with Hester, nothing she says has any effect. Jean Louise wrestles to understand whether her childhood home has always been as racist as she now perceives it to be, and she also struggles to understand what constitutes racism. If racism is an attitude of open disdain for another race, then today is the first day Jean Louise has ever noticed such obvious racism in Maycomb. If, however, entire

revival preacher, and his wife Calpurnia’s grandson Frank Dill’s great-aunt Rachel How does Atticus know that Hank and Jean Louise weren’t really swimming naked? He heard it from a neighbor. Jean Louise told him so. He found the clothes Jean Louise swam in. He was with them at the river, watching from a distance. Why does Herbert Jemson speed up the Doxology? He’s tired of doing hymns the old-fashioned way. He’s experimenting, hoping to draw a younger crowd to the church. A music

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

of propriety laid down by his community. The narrative leads readers to wonder, though, whether this propriety is really an asset. Jean Louise hits her head getting into the car, negating Hank’s gesture of chivalry. The set-ups he buys don’t have the stigma of alcohol, nonetheless they are alcoholic. The spontaneous plunge in the river is the height of his romantic interplay with Jean Louise, yet this is precisely the kind of behavior that propriety demands he avoid. Moreover, Hank’s good

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