"For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. ... And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground." Isaiah:21
Go Set A Watchman shows the messiness of race relations in the South. It shows the historically accurate reasons for the Civil War and the aftermath that followed. The beloved Atticus Finch is a fictional character. He's not a superhero and he's not a god. He is a flawed character created by one of our great American authors. Who by the way also created another flawed character- Jean Louise Finch or "Scout". Instead of lamenting the fall of our fallen god, Atticus, why are we not celebrating the rise of the hero in this novel, Jean Louise, who dares to stand up and question the ways of the previous generation? The novel was written on the cusp of the Civil Rights movement. The problem is when we look at it through our more enlightened 21st century eyes. When we look at history, we tend to believe that necessary changes happened overnight. When we read this book, we see that the issues in the south were not so black and white.