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On their way to Mathu's place, why do the old men linger in the graveyard in the novel...

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wildtaz948 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 30, 2007 at 5:45 AM via web

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On their way to Mathu's place, why do the old men linger in the graveyard in the novel A Gathering of Old Men

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 30, 2007 at 1:04 PM (Answer #1)

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Through their actions, the old men experience a change from frightened children living in a racist society to proud black men who will no longer allow bigotry to control their lives. These men don't have a propensity for violence, but for the first time in their lives, they are willing to stand together as a group and committ violent acts, if necessary. The "gathering" of men has become a community with common values, a common history, and common goals by the end of the book. The graveyard is a symbol of their strength as a group and their new sense of community they have developed.

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beast | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2007 at 6:54 AM (Answer #2)

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The Character Clatoo asked them to wait for him and others in the Graveyard

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shenelle | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2008 at 4:16 AM (Answer #3)

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to see beau beauton's dead body

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