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In A Lesson Before Dying, why is Grant Wiggins initially reluctant to help Jefferson?

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shay1234 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 11, 2009 at 10:42 PM via web

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In A Lesson Before Dying, why is Grant Wiggins initially reluctant to help Jefferson?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 12, 2009 at 12:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Wiggins is not sure he can improve Jefferson's life in the short time before Jefferson is executed. However, Jefferson's godmother, Emma Glenn is a close friend of Grant's aunt. Grant lives with his aunt and persuades Wiggins to visit Jefferson. Ironically, he finds Jefferson just about as reluctant to talk to him as he was to talk to Jefferson.

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turtlewoman | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2012 at 1:07 AM (Answer #2)

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Grant may feel that speaking to Jefferson is beneath him. Although both men are black. The same prejudice applies as Jefferson is uneducated and Grant is the only educated black man in the community. One gets the sense that Grant feels he better than other blacks just as white people feel they are superior to blacks.

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