Essay on Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1012 Words Nov 10th, 2015 null Page
In the discussions of Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, one major issue has been how this will affect schools that teach To Kill a Mockingbird. On the one hand, Harper Lee’s first book presents a rather simple and static Atticus Finch and her new book transforms him into a more dynamic and realistic character. On the other hand, Go Set a Watchman eventually became To Kill a Mockingbird for a reason- it presents a powerful message of hope that when taught properly, students benefit greatly from it. However, despite the fact that many people believe that To Kill a Mockingbird is a strong enough book to be taught on its own as it has lasted the tests of time, teaching both To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman is valuable because they expand upon each other, creating an immensely complex character to learn from. Looking solely at To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch’s character immediately is clear: he is the person everybody strives to be, morally right in every fashion. Or, as Minkah Makalani eloquently describes him, he is “a man of integrity free of complicity in white supremacy.” Go Set a Watchman efficiently threw a wrench into that idea of a faultless man- the book portrayed the older Atticus Finch as a clear racist, which is not role model material at all. At first glance, this may seem troubling. If Atticus Finch- the literary pinnacle of morality- is a racist, there is no hope for the rest of humanity. On the other hand, Finch’s recently uncovered…

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