Sunday, 11 October 2015

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee | Book Review


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I remember in school having to read To Kill a Mockingbird and it completely opened my eyes and inspired me to be a lawyer. I wanted to fight for justice, to change the world and stand up for what is right. Go Set A Watchman fast forwards us to Scout moving into adulthood. She is confused why her hometown sees black people being subhuman and beneath white people. She is confused and angered at how society in the South of America is structured as she does not see why white people are dumbing down black people. From Scout's point of view from the things she saw as a child in To Kill a Mockingbird that people are just people and that there is no split in society. In Go Set A Watchman, Scout is faced with big reality checks which completely takes her off guard. She is faced with seeing loved ones in a completely new light. It made me reflect on the changes I equally went through- growing from a child into an adult.

This book made me reflect on how I saw the world. Taking into account when Harper Lee wrote this story to how society has changed today is disgusting. We are still fighting the same issues, still fighting for equality yet there still isn't any change in society. Will society ever be equal is the question? And if not, is the fight worth it? I believe that equality is unlikely to ever happen but we have to continue to bring good in the world as we need to be better than our "survivorship" instincts of having to put other people down to better ourselves. We don't need to be like that and if we can stop it we should.

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