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Essay about Dignity and Sacrifice Depicted at Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying

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Subject area Self Improvement
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In Ernest J. Gaines novel A Lesson Before Dying, a young African-American guy named Jefferson is caught in the midst of a liquor shootout, and, as the sole survivor, is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. During Jefferson's trial, the defense lawyer had called him an undercover hog as an attempt to get him introduced, but the jury ignored sentenced and sentenced him to death by electrocution anyways. Appalled by thisparticular, Jefferson's godmother, Miss Emma, asks that the sheriff if visitations by her along with the local college teacher, Grant Wiggins, could be possible to help Jefferson become a man before he expires. The sheriff insists, and Miss Emma and Mr. Wiggins begin seeing Jefferson in his prison cell. Through the novel, Jefferson has just two seemingly contrary choices in front of him; become a person, and also make his godmother along with other relatives proud by dying with dignity, or, stay in the nation of a hog with the mentality that nothing matters as he will die regardless of his actions. The options Jefferson is faced with, and the decision he makes, highlights the book's concept of becoming entangled.

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