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A Lesson before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying is a novel written by Ernest J. Gaines. It was first published in 1993. Reverend Mose Ambrose is the pastor of the church that Miss Emma and the narrator’s aunt attend. We can...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2020, 7:55 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

In this novel, Jefferson is sentenced to be executed for a crime he didn't commit. In his summation, Jefferson's defense attorney pleads for leniency, saying, "What justice would there be to...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2008, 11:20 pm (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

In Ernest J. Gaines's 1993 novel A Lesson Before Dying, a young innocent black man named Jefferson is charged with and convicted of murder. During the trial, Jefferson's attorney uses the defense...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019, 7:15 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

Gaines uses the methods of believing in both the capacity of human beings to change and the way we make peace with death as ways in which A Lesson Before Dying could be seen as having really...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016, 2:48 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

The ending image of Grant seeing the butterfly is the sign for him to recognize that the execution has ended and that he can say goodbye. At this particular point in the narrative, Grant is not...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2014, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

The question posed highlights the brilliance of author Ernest J. Gaines’s efforts to force the reader to ponder the issue of racism. The story is set in a small community in the 1940s, where a...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020, 8:48 pm (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

Grant's family has lived in Louisiana for over a century. The story takes place in the 1940s; the family had originally been slaves on the plantation, and have remained there even after slavery has...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2010, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

One topic to consider when debating the pros and cons of "dignity in death" are the "lessons" Grant and Jefferson learn through the experience of waiting for the execution. If Jefferson (and...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2007, 11:52 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

The themes in this sobering novel are not the same as the lessons being taught. The lesson referred to in the title is the lesson that Jefferson needs to learn before he dies, which is the lesson...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020, 8:47 pm (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

Edna Guidry, the sheriff's wife, offers Grant some food. But despite being very hungry, he refuses. Grant may be famished, but he still has his pride. He made a solemn vow to himself that he'd...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019, 6:19 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

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...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2007, 4:23 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

I think you'd do well to talk about the theme of justice or equity in the novel. After all, isn't lack of justice the reason that Jefferson ends up on death row? Because of his race, he is given...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2009, 8:33 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

The concept of betrayal in "A Lesson Before Dying" is evident in several of the relationships. Grant feels that he is being betrayed by his Aunt Lou when she askes him to enter the back door of the...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2009, 5:24 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

This is a very unspecific question; however, Chapter 13 specifically takes place on a Sunday – Determination Sunday. On this particular day, Grant is at home while his aunt, Tante Lou, goes to...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2010, 12:58 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

This question can best be answered by referring to the change in the character of Grant as the novel progresses. He begins the novel deeply unhappy about the racial segregation that is seemingly...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2013, 6:18 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

To answer this question, we first need to look at what Jefferson knows about the world. In a nutshell, he knows that he has been found guilty of a crime that he did not commit, based on the color...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2020, 11:41 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

Jefferson Grant Wiggins Reverend Mose Ambrose Vivian Baptiste Bear Paul Bonin Brother Joe Claiborne Thelma Claiborne Irene Cole Alcee Grope Sam Guidry Mr. Henri...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2008, 8:36 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

As a poor Black man growing up in the Jim Crow era, Jefferson constantly experienced discrimination and racism from many members of the dominant white society. With a dim view of the opportunities...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2020, 5:32 am (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

If you are asking for the original publication date, that is 1993. Ernest Gaines placed the book in Bayonne, Louisiana during the 1940's. A more specific date is not given. Placing the book...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2015, 11:22 pm (UTC)

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A Lesson before Dying

The book A Lesson Before Dying details the end of the life of a young black man in the South who has been wrongfully sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit. In the book, he fears his fate,...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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