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Examples Of Feministism In Go Set A Watchman

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Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman presents a narrative that deals with human relationship mostly from men vs women point of views. The novel is adorned with sometime amicable and sometime hostile male-female bond. By establishing comparisons and contrasts among the senses of value and convictions from both feminist and patriarchal sides, the novelist demonstrates her noble aim to reach some coming-of-age issues among the characters of the novel. On one hand, the events in the novel on many occasions contribute to consolidating men’s and women’s beliefs towards each other. On the other hand, at the end of the day, some other incidents lead to the disillusionment of the trust one nurtures for the other. Nevertheless, Harper Lee has all her commendable…show more content…
Jean Louise always receives an affirmative psychological response and upbringing from Atticus. She gets amicable and comforting manner and companion from Henry, her soul mate. About Jean Louise’s being antagonistic to him, he says, “Don’t argue with a man, especially when you know you can beat him. Smile a lot. Make him feel big. Tell him how wonderful he is, and wait on him” (Lee 16). On one such occasion, while going out with Henry, Jean Louise gets bumped with the car and lets loose her irritation yelling, “Damnation! Why don’t they make these things high enough to get into” (Lee 50). But Henry is always there to behave quite softly with her as he knows her temperament and responds to it mostly in a friendly and soothing manner. Together they pass quite an enjoyable time in the neighborhood. At one midnight they go swimming in a certain type of dress that makes them look naked, but actually they are not. In the morning Alexandra flares up and demands to know what made her do such scandalous deed. During the brawl, Atticus arrives and comes to know the incident. He understands Jean Louise much better. He has all his assertions towards his daughter and he funnily utters, “I hope you weren’t doing the backstroke” (Lee 86). This puts both the father and the daughter in a very amusing…show more content…
This takes place in a consecutive manner signifying Jean Louise’s over reliance on her father and fiancée, and subsequent shock followed by coming of age realization. The patriarchal figure in Go Set a Watchman, Atticus proves to be a man more responding and tending to the demand of his time and social set-up than to the ideology Jean Louise expects of him (Fields). Fields also states that the Scout of To Kill a Mockingbird has turned to be a grown-up, independent as well as cosmopolitan in thinking of and regarding people irrespective of all negligible differences. Jean Louise not just understands the ever existing disparity in the society, she stands bold and protests the anomaly courageously. Harper Lee’s young protagonist, Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird and adult one, Jean Louise in Go Set a Watchman stands to be a gigantic resistance to the prevailing color-caste conflict and inferiority taboo in American culture (Clukey). She gets the sense that she being a woman is not supposed to talk about these male-oriented issues. Nonetheless, she emerges and fights for her impeccable ideology. Clukey (705) brings to the front that Jean Louise has to fight against the long set codes for women in general to face the obstructing challenges deployed by the society, in other way mechanized by the patriarchal mind-set to be able to come out as a free entity. On her pursuit for
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