A Lesson before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

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How society determines who lives and who dies? -from A Lesson Before Dying (please read my explanation). I'm still working on this term paper for my English class. GBEATTY gave me some good topics...

How society determines who lives and who dies? -from A Lesson Before Dying (please read my explanation).

I'm still working on this term paper for my English class. GBEATTY gave me some good topics to discuss which have helped me out greatly for this paper. I am about done with it, but I think this is my weak paragraph so far that I want to talk about. I don't want to throw this one out either, because I think it's essential to my point, but I am kinda stumped right now. So, I was curious to know any of your opinions on what I should insert on how society determines who lives and who dies in relation to the communities response towards Jefferson's execution. How could I relate that to reality? What would be some good mentions to throw in there?
I would greatly appreciate the help. Thank You.

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Consider Jefferson’s social worth. In the novel, how is his life perhaps not worth as much as another in the community? Of course, a major theme in the novel is racism, and not just racism directed from whites to blacks, but blacks to other blacks. Because Jefferson is seen by the community as poor, black, uneducated, (and perhaps most importantly) a danger/burden to society, his life is not worth as much as another. Jefferson is really...

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