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What is Jefferson's last name?

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elbertkin | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 6, 2007 at 4:44 AM via web

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What is Jefferson's last name?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 7, 2007 at 2:16 AM (Answer #1)

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I don't think Gaines gives the character Jefferson a last name in A Lesson Before Dying. His godmother is named Emma Glenn, but she is not a blood relative. I've read the book and several critical essays, but I cannot find a last name. Perhaps that was intentional. One of the things Grant uses as an argument against teaching Jefferson to read is that he has no relationship to Jefferson; he has no obligation to him. By not having a last name, perhaps Jefferson could be said to "belong" to everyone and is everyone's responsibility. Just a thought.

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bmxer | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 4, 2008 at 4:10 AM (Answer #3)

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blue!!!

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lunawolf1996 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 31, 2011 at 2:05 AM (Answer #4)

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The author,Earnest J. Gaines, of "A Lesson Before Dying" did not give Jefferson a last name. He is named only as Jefferson and is one of the main characters that make up this amazing,intriguing novel.

 

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tonyaleagray | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 2, 2011 at 8:32 AM (Answer #5)

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It didn't give a last name..

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