Go Set a Watchman Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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What are the themes in Go Set A Watchman?

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A theme is the author’s message.  Go Get a Watchman is the story of a young woman who returns to the town where she grew up to find some of the myths of her childhood shattered.

We build our parents into heroes, making them larger than life.

This is one of the biggest themes of the book, and something all lovers of the book To Kill a Mockingbird should remember when reading this novel.  Everyone has flaws.  Children tend to make their parents into icons, putting them up on pedestals they can’t possibly balance on into adulthood.

Jean Louise Finch returns to Maycomb, and finds that her memory of her father does not match up to watch she sees.  She remembers a paragon of civil rights, and she sees a man who attends segregation meetings with the rest of the town.  The realization makes her physically ill.  Uncle Jack explains to Jean Louise why this affects her so.

As you grew, when you were grown, totally unknown to yourself, you confused your father with God.  You never saw him as a...

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