Study Guide

Go Set a Watchman Marriage

By Harper Lee


In the 1950s, tying the knot seemed a little more confining than it does today. Not in a Fifty Shades of Maycomb sense, but in the sense that in marriage, a woman had to submit to a man.

In case you missed To Kill a Mockingbird, Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, an overall-wearing troublemaker from way back, doesn't submit to anyone. Because of her headstrong attitude, marriage might not be for her…even as Go Set A Watchman's twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise.

Questions About Marriage

  1. Why does Henry want to marry Jean Louise? Why does she resist?
  2. Why didn't Atticus remarry after the death of Scout's mother?
  3. How does Aunt Alexandra remain in good graces in society, considering she is separated from her husband? Does Aunt Alexandra have different opinions on marriage, considering her own unconventional marriage?

Chew on This

Jean Louise will marry someone when she finds her equal—i.e., someone who has the same values she does and defends them strongly.

Jean Louise will never marry, because she will never find someone who meets her high standards.