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A Lesson Before Dying takes place in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late1940s In the novel Jefferson a young black man is an unwitting party to a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed being the only survivor he is convicted of a murder andsentenced to death Jeffersons personality and physical appearance in the novel provides not onlya relationship to the courtroom and his cell but also connected to the geographical setting of theIn the initial setting of the novel Jefferson sits in a courtroom located in ruralLouisiana which is filled with anger tension isolation and quietness from the people in theroom This setting of the book supports Jeffersons personality in chapter 9 when Jeffersonscharacter is introduced Jeffersons cell could be considered the second setting or Jeffersonssetting in the book Jeffersons relationship to the courtroom initial setting supports Jeffersonspersonality in the prison He is isolated just like in the courtroom There was an empty cellbetween Jefferson and the rest of the prisoners Gaines 71 Jeffersons cell was not only isolatedlike a courtroom in rural Louisiana but quiet Jeffersons been quiet He didnt answer 71Due to Jeffersons isolation and quietness he has built anger inside An anger which had beenbuilding up since the courtroom conviction Nothing dont matterhe said looking up at theThe first setting of the novel is similar to Jeffersons cell setting The three settings thecourtroom location of the town and prison all have similarities to Jeffersons character traitsTheme Jeffersons character represents race the best The opportunity for equalrepresentation for the African Americans in the book is shown through Jefferson There is aconstant comparison and view of blacks vs whites in the novel To show too much intelligencewould have been an insult to them 47 The respect of race varied in the book but at the endJeffersons character prevailed The author summons the reader to confront the entire bitterhistory of black people in the South
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