"Mr. Nurnberg said she had taken issue with his description of the new book as a sequel.
He recalled, “She said: ‘This isn’t the sequel. This is the parent to ‘Mockingbird.’ ”
What does Nurnberg mean by the metaphor of 'the parent to the Mockingbird'?
"On Tuesday, Ms. Lee’s publisher announced its plans to release that novel, recently rediscovered, which Ms. Lee completed in the mid-1950s, before she wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The 304-page book, “Go Set a Watchman,” takes place 20 years later in the same fictional town, Maycomb, Ala., and unfolds as Jean Louise Finch, or Scout, the feisty child heroine of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” returns to visit her father. The novel, which is scheduled for release this July, tackles the racial tensions brewing in the South in the 1950s and delves into the complex relationship between father and daughter."
Based on the plot that is given, develop an inference about what you think will happen in the novel.
"Although written first, “Go Set a Watchman” is a continuation of the same story, with overlapping themes and characters. But Ms. Lee abandoned the manuscript after her editor, who was captivated by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, told her to write a new book from the young heroine’s perspective and to set it during her childhood."
Based on the tone of the paragraph and the ending of To Kill a Mockingbird, why do you think the novel is called "Go Set a Watchman"?
"Comment: How about this theory. Considering the racial state of affairs in this country, did a publisher think the time was ripe for a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird"?"
How do the current racial state of affairs in this county tie in with the story of To Kill a Mockingbird? Is it worse now or before? Do you believe this novel is being pushed to publish this summer due to current events? If so, what would it accomplish?
"Comment: When TKAM first came out, The Atlantic deemed it "pleasant, undemanding reading," nothing more. And now it's a classic, a work of genius. What a difference 55 years make."
In your opinion, do you agree with the Atlantic’s criticism or do you believe To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic? Why?