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The Right to Be Free In the novel A Lesson Before Dying although Grant is an educated black man in the era of a racist society he has struggles greater than most men of his decent I feel sorry for him because of his limitations even though I view him as a coward He cannot break free of his background and family The three main female characters in the novel Tante Lou Miss Emma and Vivian restrict and limit Grants choices Grant realizes that freedom means leaving his small town and creating a new life yet each woman holds a chain that keeps him from his destiny and the right to be free First Tante Lou his aunt holds Grant from his dreams by refusing to let him go his own way Tante Lou wants Grant to stay at home with her and take care of her But in the time the novel takes place it wasnt common for young men stay with their elders and help out especially when Grant has a college degree and can accomplish so much Tante Lou took advantage of this in any means necessary using the fact that Grant is family and in essence owes it to her to stay and help out We can see this on page 14 when Tante Lou forces Grant to talk to Mr Henri about seeing Jefferson You are going up there with us Grant or you will not sleep in this house tonight Tante Lou denies Knodt 2 Grant choices that men his age have Next Miss Emma who doesnt have a family relation to Grant also restricts his choices in life Miss Emma plays an important role in the novel by being Jeffersons godmother and in a painstaking situation She asks Grant in a way that gives him no real choices to teach Jefferson to be a man Leaning on her ability to persuade
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