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The movie A Lesson Before Dying based on the book by Ernest J Gaines contains several conflicts among characters existing at various points throughout the movie This paper will touch on some of them Three of the biggest conflicts existing in the movie are over race religion and education The main character Grant Wiggins has conflicts over one or more of these aspects with many characters in the movie Wiggins has a conflict with the white man in general over religion and race and to some extent education He feels he has to be highly educated more so than his black counterparts to compare himself favorably to the white man Even then however he still feels inferior He feels that the religion of the blacks is really the white mans religion and thus rejects it Growing up in Louisiana he has been treated as inferior by the white majority his entire life producing a racial conflict He resents his own background and wants to better himself by moving North At the beginning of the movie Wiggins is a man without faith He rejects the church and Reverend Ambrose because he sees his faith as being the faith of the white man He has a conflict with Reverend Ambrose over religion and sees him as being a sham He refuses to attend church which deeply hurts his godmother Tante Lou However Wiggins has his pupils pray in the hours before Jeffersons death and later says that Ambrose is braver than he himself is Later that faith that Wiggins rejected as belonging to the white man actually enables him to stand up against the injustice the white man afflicts on the black man Wiggins can also be seen as having a conflict with Tante Lou over education She is not educated as he is and he therefore views her as being inferior to him However she has a practical education having worked hard all of her life
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