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A commitment to stay in the small town and an equal want to leave it were the two forces pulling on Grant Wiggins in A Lesson Before Dying His desire to leave the town is evident in his thoughts about it and the fact that it states he had attempted to leave before Such inner dialogue as I wanted to scream at my aunt I was screaming inside I had told her many many times how much I hated this place and all I wanted to do was get away 15 demonstrate Grants wish to leave He wishes to leave because he felt stifled in such a place I need to go someplace where I can feel Im living I said I dont want to spend the rest of my life teaching school in a plantation church 29 This side of him conflicts with his commitment to Jefferson Miss Emma and being the teacher he is the children Vivian reminds him of this in Chapter 4 explaining that this commitment is the reason for him coming back after the aforementioned episode He also feels the need to stay in the town because of Vivian not just what she says Then why havent you gone Because of you Vivian 29 Despite his love for Vivian Grants wishes to leave become embedded even farther upon Miss Emmas request of him He sees no way in which he can help Jefferson What can I do Its only a matter of weeks a couple of months maybe What can I do that you havent done the past twenty-one years 13 This prejudice he makes towards Jefferson and his ignorance helps reveal the meaning of the work that his conflict elucidates The common meaning of the work is prejudice and racism affects everyone Aside from the obvious the jury the police and the majority of other white characters in the story that are constantly prejudice Grants inner
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