To Kill a Mockingbird has long been lauded as one of the classics, and yet somehow I had an uncanny knack for missing it on my courses’ syllabi and reading lists. With the buzz of Go Set a Watchman less than a month away, I decided it was high time to see what Scout, Atticus, and Boo Radley were all about.
When I told people that I was reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time, they all had the same reaction—shock, praise, and then came a fury of unanswerable questions about Go Set a Watchman. Prior to actually reading the book, To Kill a Mockingbird felt like I was reading that kind of classic—to read a book just for the sake of saying you’d read it.
And yet, this was the furthest from reality. I could go on with flowery language and discuss the beautiful narrative, the iconic setting, and the memorable characters that the brilliant Harper Lee has crafted, but as Scout herself says, “Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.”
So here are the facts: nearly fifty-five years after To Kill a Mockingbird was first published, it is still hauntingly current. Read any newspaper and you’ll find headlines that report on poverty, sexism, and heartbreaking stories of racism. The most sobering thought about To Kill a Mockingbird is that it is told through Scout’s naïve point of view set in the 1930s—so what will reading Go Set a Watchman through grown-up Jean Louise’s eyes mean for us in the year 2015?
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