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In the novel A Lesson before Dying by Ernest Gaines the protagonist Grant Wiggins gives a young convict a lesson during his last days alive Suffering through the horrors of racism in their small community black Americans seem to appear to have no chance of progression As Mr Wiggins struggles with a young man named Jefferson he ends up learning a couple of lessons himself In the process of Mr Wiggins trying to help Jefferson he befriends a white man which gives his community hope towards stopping racism Not only does Mr Wiggins learn a lesson from this situation but so do Jefferson and a white deputy Paul These three characters have changed greatly throughout this novel all changing very similarly to open hearted caring men This novel insists on the fact that a mans death can be a meaningful event in which could change a community Jefferson has always led a quiet life but when he becomes a convict for a crime he did not commit he begins to react with anger But let us say he was not Let us for a moment say he was not What justice would there be to take his life Justice gentlemen Why I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this Page 8 paragraph 4 When Jefferson gets convicted he begins to act upon what the whites think of him a hog In this novel Jefferson learns that by dying like a man he will fight back to the community that wrongly accused him of a robbery and murder Being a coloured man in a white society Jefferson believes he will make his community proud For these reasons Jefferson walked into his execution with his head held high showing pride for his people People were fascinated as an onlooker said He was the strongest man in that room Grant Wiggins Page 253 paragraph 5 Since Mr Wiggins lives within a
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