If you’re just joining us, let me get you up to speed. This month, we’re reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. We’ve already had two blog discussions, so check out the first two entries if you haven’t already.
Last week, I talked about the controversy surrounding the publication of the novel. This week, I thought it would be interesting to talk about the main characters. If you’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird, you might have noticed that the characters in Go Set a Watchman are really different than they were in To Kill a Mockingbird. The character I had the most trouble with was actually Jean Louise or Scout. I really struggled with Jean Louise because I felt like she acted really immature throughout the first half of the book. I felt like she wasn’t nice to others, she acted as if she were better than everyone else, and she yelled a lot. I felt as if I were reading about a teenage girl and not a twenty-six year old woman who has spent several years living on her own. I was most disappointed in the way that Jean Louise treated Henry. He seemed so sweet and kind, and Jean Louise strung him along throughout the entire book. She kept acting like she wanted to be with him, but then, she just decided that he wasn’t right for her.
I know many people have had a lot of trouble with Atticus, so I was really expecting to be shocked by his opinions and thoughts. But, even though I don’t agree with Atticus’ ideas and thoughts about people, I at least felt like he had reasons for believing the things that he believed. Reading his ideas about African Americans made me uncomfortable, but I guess I wasn’t so attached to Atticus as a character that I felt like his opinions really rocked me.
I was also pretty disappointed that Jem was not a character in this book. His death was mentioned so casually, and that really bothered me.
What do you all think? What are your thoughts about the characters? Were you surprised by any of the things that the characters did or said? Were you disappointed by Atticus?
I hope to hear from you in the comments. Let me know how you feel about the characters, and let me know what you think of the documentary. I am really interested to hear your opinions!