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No one plans to change the course of their life yet somehow habitualactions morph into stepping stones towards evolving ones morals InErnest J Gaines novel A Lesson Before Dying an educatedAfrican-American school teacher in Louisiana is constantly faced withracial injustice and inequality as it looms throughout the entire southThe teacher Grant steps out of his comfort zone to not only teach anunprecedented student but also to teach himself Gaines demonstrateshow small victories can produce a significant change through theexplicit learning process of Jefferson and the implicit lessons learnedby Grant Jefferson a falsely accused criminal who once seemed hopeless soonbegan achieving small victories as a result of Grants teachings whichled to one significant change of becoming a man who fully acceptedhimself Through the full extent of Grants secessions teachingJefferson he enforced the morals and actions most human beingsperformed It was necessary for Grant to integrate these ideas into histalks to assist in the metamorphosis of Jefferson viewing himself as ahog to accepting his place as a real man in this world A small victorythat Jefferson achieved subsequent to Grants teaching was stated inbetween the lines of the text I could see that he wanted to saysomething but it was hard for him to do I stood over him waitingTell-tell the chirren thank you for the pe-pecans he stammeredGaines 186 Human morals enforce people to feel grateful when providedassistance causing this encounter with Jefferson proof of success withGrants teaching of human morals and values This evidence of a smallvictory proves that Grants teachings have begun to seep intoJeffersons habits causing this to be a momentous stepping stone in thepath towards reaching a significant change in the way Jefferson is Thedestination of Jeffersons stepping stones proves to be his realizationof his growth into a human man with proper morals Jeffersonsrecognition of his development was explicitly stated within his personaljournal he had delivered to Grant towards the final pages of the novelIn Jeffersons diary he concludes with good
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