Atticus Finch is a ‘racist’: Harper Lee’s Mockingbird ‘sequel’ Go Set A Watchman is set to shock millions as it’s revealed hero attends KKK meetings in later life
Go Set A Watchman offers a startling take on an American literary icon, Atticus Finch
The new novel, set in the 1950s – 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird – finds Atticus hostile to the growing civil rights movement
Publisher Harper Collins said the novel ‘explores racism and changing attitudes in the South’ in a ‘bold and unflinching way’ [translation: please buy the book]
Watchman, written before Mockingbird, is only Lee’s second book and will be published on Tuesday
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
11 July 2015
Atticus Finch, the much-loved fictional white lawyer who defended a black man in a town blighted by prejudice, has been portrayed as a ‘racist’ in the highly anticipated second novel by Harper Lee.
In one scene in Go Set A Watchman, Finch condemns the NAACP as opportunists and troublemakers [an anti-Semite as well!] and labels blacks as too ‘backward’ to ‘share fully in the responsibilities of citizenship’.
‘Would you want your state governments run by people who don’t know how to run ’em?’ argues the man portrayed by Oscar-winner Gregory Peck in the 1962 film adaptation of Mockingbird.
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Harper Lee’s publishers rejected this first novel when she offered it to them in the late 1950s, but suggested she re-write it, setting it twenty years earlier – the late 1930s – with Atticus Finch a younger and less experienced lawyer. She did re-write it and the result was Mockingbird, in its time a parable of political ‘correctness’ for the English speaking world.