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Volume 3 Issue 4

December 2017

Shifting Sands: Loss of Innocence in Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman
Ms. K. Tejaswani, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
GITAM University, 
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Go Set a Watchman, an unexpected literary work from Harper Lee, the author of Mocking Bird, published amidst lot of speculation did not disappoint readers or critics. Lot of questions were raised on the reasons and timing of publication. The novel went on to be a success as it was read and re-read by critics and readers to discern the reasons behind its publication. The protagonist, Jean Louise Scout of Watchman is the much-loved child, Scout in the Mockingbird. She is a grown-up woman in the novel, who still idolizes her father. The article studies the fight between Jean Louise Scout and Atticus regarding the White/Black dichotomy apparent in Maycomb as depicted by Harper Lee in Go Set a Watchman. The publication of this novel leads to the loss of innocence at two levels. In the first case, the innocence present in the Mockingbird is lost as she encounters her father as a human being rather than the idol she created. With the help of her uncle, Jack she comes to understand the reality and the dichotomy in Maycomb. All the characters in Mockingbird appear gray rather than white on reading this novel. In the second case, Jean Louise loses her innocent love for her father and comprehends that he is a human being and bound to err. The article attempts to briefly study the events that lead to the loss of the innocence and Jean Louise’s efforts to come to terms with the new revelations.
Loss of Innocence; Go Set a Watchman; Harper Lee; and Jean Louise Scout
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