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A Lesson Before Dying - 1,818 words
A Lesson Before Dying takes place in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. In the novel, Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed; being the only survivor, he is convicted of a murder and sentenced to death. Jeffersons personality and physical appearance in the novel provides not only a relationship to the courtroom and his cell, but also connected to the geographical setting of the In the initial setting of the novel, Jefferson sits in a courtroom located in rural Louisiana, which is filled with anger , tension, isolation, and quietness from the people in the room. This setting of the book supports Jefferson ...
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Fences Vs A Lesson Before Dying - 794 words
In the novels, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines and Fences by August Wilson, the characters struggle to overcome lifes difficulties and to find the true meaning of their existence by freeing themselves from their troubles. This form of self-redemption helps to renew each characters conscience and bring him or her to a new light, where they can reach the full potential of their lives. Both works of literature contain several characters that overcome lifes hardships with redemption, but the ones who make the biggest sacrifices are the most important. The two that truly redeem themselves are Grant, from A Lesson Before Dying and Rose, from Fences. In August Wilsons novel Fences, it is Ros ...
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A Lesson Before Dying - 460 words
A young black man is soon to be put in the electric chair, but the fact that he is innocent is not important in Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying. The question is will he face death like a man, or like a dumb animal, a hog, as his defense attorney carelessly characterized him. The story takes place in a small Louisiana town during the 1940's, when all-white male juries commonly found accused black men guilty until proven innocent. In this case, some prominent white men in the town wanted to bet on how the young black man would face execution. After all, Jefferson, who was convicted of murdering a white man, had no family or close relatives, just a godmother, who loved the boy, but hadn't raised ...
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A Lesson Before Dying - 614 words
The lady that appears after the first 100 pages of the book turns out to be Vivian, Grants secret lover. Grant and Vivian take a walk and after their walk they visit Grants aunt, aunt Emma. Aunt Emma and her friends are very fond of Vivian and they give her many compliments. Aunt Emma, and the reverend go to visit Jefferson and they find that Grants previous account of Jeffersons recovery was lie; Jefferson still eats and behaves like a hog. Aunt Emma and the reverend confront Grant regarding his faulty account of Jeffersons recovery. Once again, Grant visits Jefferson and tries to convince him that he is not a hog and he is a man. After a couple more visits from the ladies and Grant, the ch ...
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'a Lesson Before Dying' - Quotes Analysis - 718 words
Ernest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying is a novel of self-discovery and confronting responsibility in the face of injustice. Various lines in the novel characterize these themes with a general clarity not found elsewhere. Four specific quotes which seem to project from the page make Gaines' message clear. "What justice would there be to take this life? Justice, gentlemen? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this." Jefferson's defense attorney defines the course of the novel with these words from Chapter 1. He reduces Jefferson to the level of an animal, stripping him of every shred of human dignity he may have had. Jefferson then internalizes his words and begins to ac ...
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Summary Analysis Of A Lesson Before Dying - 415 words
A Lesson Before Dying Author: Ernest J. Gaines This book is takes place in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. One of the main characters is a young black male named Jefferson. The book begins in the scene of a liquor store where two boys named Brother and Bear attempt to rob the liquor store, but the boys are in for a surprise. The liquor store clerk is not a easy one. The calm, quiet liquor store turns into a shooting gallery. With the innocent by stander Jefferson witnessing the showdown. By the time the last bullet was fire the liquor store was a bloody grave in which the two robbers and the clerk lay cover and drench in each others blood. The money in which the robbers were plott ...
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Social Lessons From "a Lesson Before Dying" - 1,006 words
Can an ignorant society be a productive society? Is the loss of civil liberties justified by the economic betterment of man? The idea that one race is stronger, faster, smarter, and better than another is an example of racial ignorance which is well documented in the world. As we look at our past, it is easy to pass judgment on our forefathers as they raped the dignity and humanity out of the black men, who they thought were unfit to be equal to them. Was it not up to the black race as a whole to stand up against their white oppressors to shed some light on their ignorant thoughts? It was up to the black people to do this, however those who took a stand were thrust back down, those who spoke ...
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Social Lessons From "a Lesson Before Dying" - 991 words
... is ready to take his death without cause. Im an old hog. You mans dont stay in no stall like this. Im a old hog they fattening up to kill. This disturbing comment is a reflection of what can happen when during your whole life you have been told that you were second class; it shows a lot about what happens to people who are treated like that, they will start to believe the ideas put in their head. This would also explain why the blacks allowed themselves to be taken advantage of by the white men for decades. The ideals that the white men instilled into the black slaves made them feel like second class citizens, and after they felt like it for long enough, they started to believe that the ...
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Critical Analysis Of "a Lesson Before Dying" - 1,655 words
The general purposes of generic novels are to entertain or inform. Reading can be an outlet for a creative mind or an inquisitive one. After the completion of a text, the reader should feel either enlightened or amused. However a good novel can do both. A good book can divert the audience from their own realities and yet can provide them with the opportunity for intellectual growth and mental stimulation. Connections can be made between the reader and the characters in the story and the events that happen to them. Ernest J. Gaines does just this with his novel, A Lesson Before Dying. This inspiring yet heartbreaking story was one that incited deep thought. Deep thought about the world in whi ...
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Magic Realism - 1,536 words
... o school for, you're stripping me of it, I told my aunt.... The humiliation I had to go through, going into that man's kitchen.... Now going up to that jail.... Anything to humiliate me. All the things you wanted me to escape by going to school. Years ago, Professor Antoine told me that if I stayed here, they were going to break me down to the nigger I was born to be. But he didn't tell me that my aunt would help them do it. Grant tells Vivian how Miss Emma needs a memory of Jefferson standing as a man. Vivian can not understand where Grant is coming from. We black men...stay here in the South and are broken, or we run away and leave them alone to look after the children and themselves. ...
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