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A Lesson Before Dying was written in first person point of view and Grant Wiggins is the narrator It was published in 1994 and the setting was in the 1940s To Kill A Mockingbird was told in the first person point of view also The narrator was an older version of Scout Finch The setting was the time period between 1933-1935 It was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1960 In the novels A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Jefferson and Tom Robinson are both victims of southern segregated societyJefferson from the novel A Lesson Before Dying lives in a small town outside of Bayonne during a time period of racial segregation He finds out truly how hard it is to deal with the racism when he has to be executed for something he did not do Just like Jefferson Tom Robinson from To Kill A Mockingbird has to deal with the racism when he is sentenced to jail time Unlike Jefferson Tom lives in Maycomb Alabama Both the novels are written during a time of prejudice and because of this Jefferson and Tom have to suffer the punishment of prison because they are black In both novels people other than Tom and Jefferson are hurt by the verdict My first example comes from the novel To Kill A Mockingbird when Jem Finch and Reverend Ambrose are sitting at the courthouse waiting for the jury to reach their verdict Jem kept saying how he thinks his father Atticus who is Toms lawyer has won the case Reverend Sykes looks over to Jem and says Now dont you be so confident Mr Jem I aint ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man 279 During this time Reverend Sykes thinks because Tom is black he will be found guilty and we soon find out he isnt the only
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