What does Jane Pittman do that influences the novel's resolution?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that we have to establish the narative's resolution as being one in which one understands the need to take social action when what is right is being denied.  Jane Pittman demonstrates actions towards this end of a resolution in several instances.  She supports Ned and his efforts to change society, even if it is evident that he will leave her in pursuit of this end.  I think that the most she does towards the narrative's resolution would come in how she helped to rear Jimmy.  Jane keenly understands that he is "the one," and does everything in her power to work with him as such.  As she did with Ned, she does not focus her own insecurities and doubts on him.  She recognizes that Jimmy has a chance to do something special and wonderful and her actions show this in how she works with him.  She understands how important that Jimmy's work is and promises to not disappoint him at the protest.  She takes the action of showing up at the protest and even when it is apparent that he is dead, Jane takes the action of continuing the protest, not relenting. Her actions helps to show that "the fight goes on, the cause endures, and the dream shall never die."  Her actions at the end of the narrative go very far in reflecting this in the resolution. 

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