literature essay

Having read the five essays from the essay generator, my reaction was simple: Who is actually asking the question to begin with? Only one of the five authors, Minkah Makalani, appears to have read "Go Set a Watchman". Does this not suggest that the debate, such as it is, is premature? The debaters--all seem bright--answer the question they were asked, of course, but it seems to me that the NYT has set up a controversy where there is none, and now seeks help resolving it.

Let me resolve it for you. "Go Set a Watchman" is an early manuscript primarily written before "To Kill a Mockingbird". Although the character in both books is named Atticus Finch and they are clearly drawn from a related source, there is no evidence to suggest we are meant to read it as the question does. The new book is releasing under controversial circumstances, and it is unclear to what extent Lee actually had input on the final release, or what her wishes were surrounding the interpretation of the material.

To the extent that the release shows us how her thought process changed over the years, it is interesting. To the extent that this is a comic book debate about the canonicity of Atticus' personality, give me a break.

Suppose that these are the same character and two stages of the same man's life: A man who is presented as a hero in one contexts is not a hero in all contexts. Are students really being taught the contrary in this country? Ten year olds are more than mature enough to understand this level of nuance.