Coming Of Age Classic By Harper Lee Essay

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When a Grown Woman Finally Grows Up
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a coming-of-age classic, read all over the world, from classrooms to bedrooms. Recently, Harper Lee has released Go Set a Watchman, a book set after To Kill a Mockingbird, where the main character, Scout is 26 years old, and no longer the lanky little girl she once was. Go Set A Watchman, although about a grown woman, is also a coming-of-age story, best shown through the exploration of Jean Louise’s relationships with her friends and family and the obstacles she has to face along the way. As the story progresses, their father-daughter relationship goes through many obstacles. When facing these newfound struggles during her trip back to Maycomb, Jean Louise learns to grow as a person, mature, and adjust to living life as an adult.
Go Set A Watchman is the type of bildungsroman where the protagonist sees the person they put on a pedestal, the person they look up to, in a whole new light. They see him/her for who they are, with all their flaws exposed. In this book, Jean Louise sees her father, Atticus Finch, with all of his imperfections. This realization about her father helps Jean Louise mature as a character, displaying the coming-of-age qualities in Go Set a Watchman. Atticus is portrayed as a perfect father in which Lee writes in To Kill a Mockingbird: “I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them (said…

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