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Atticus Finch and Dilemmas, Personal and Otherwise

Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman is set to be released tomorrow.  Apparently, early reviews have indicated that Atticus Finch – a noble lawyer and main character in Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird – is a racist.  This seems incongruous with Lee’s earlier work, as Finch – a white lawyer – bravely represents a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman.   Or, perhaps not.  While a regrettable character flaw, such a trait – even in someone as admirable as Finch – would not be unusual in the mid-2oth century in segregated Alabama.  Perhaps Finch put his personal prejudices aside to serve a higher principle that all attorneys share – that every person deserves counsel who will zealously advocate the client’s case.

Unfortunately, Finch’s flaws may not end there.  Jonathan Ringel of The Daily Report has pointed out something that we had never quite considered before.

Cover of the book showing title in white letters against a black background in a banner above a painting of a portion of a tree against a red background

Copyright: Unknown Cover Artist/J.B. Lippincott & Co.

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