I'm To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee writes about a character named Scout telling a story about how she lived with her brother Jem and lawyer Atticus Finch in small town, Maycomb. Atticus Finch is helping defend an innocent black man, Atticus teaches his children to try looking at things from other people's perspective, and Scout, Jem and their friend Dill unravel the secret behind the Radley house. Jem and Scout represents the idea of bravery and confidence in the novel, and the way that his and her definition changes over the course of the story is important. Jem shows bravery as Dill says he wants to go for a walk but Scout know that people in Maycomb just doesn't go to take a "walk". But as Dill, Jem and Scout stroll past the Radleys house, Dill thinks it's a good idea to peak inside, but Scout not so much.
A Lesson Before Dying is a story of heroism, defiance and transition. The novel focuses on Grant Wiggins, a teacher, trying to turn a clueless prisoner into an empowered individual. Grant’s whole purpose in the story was to turn Jefferson into a man so he can die proud, little did Grant know, that he would mature as well. The main motif of maturity or coming of age was accurately depicted in the novel through imagery, symbolism, theme and even characterization. Using words and descriptions, authors of a story are able to illustrate scenes, settings and even conversations.
One day, Ohiyesa’s father comes to the Native American’s tribe and takes Ohiyesa away from his people. At first, Ohiyesa feels very uncomfortable with the Europeans’ living style. In the town, Ohiyesa is forced to cut his long hair so that he wouldn’t stick out in the crowd. He is also being forced by the teacher to adapt a Christian name in school. At the beginning, he refuses to have a Christian name.
The reason why Grant, the main character in one of Mr. Ernest J. Gaines’s best work A Lesson Before Dying, does not attend Jefferson’s execution is because he is afraid of seeing his lack in acting like a man with dignity and more importantly, seeing what all black men around them have become reflecting in Jefferson. In the short 250-paged novel, we come across a few common issues that still linger in today’s society; racism and diffidence, both in which the two main characters -Grant and Jefferson- suffer from. Self-doubt and uncertainty in oneself was frequently detectable, even in the 1930’s; how the white people portrayed the black and how little they made them feel was a big cause of it. Sadly enough, Jefferson shows that he was never
The main conflict in A Lesson Before Dying is about Grant as an individual. Even though Grants learn how to cope with the racist white civilization he's living in, his real struggle in life is with his own mind. He states in the book, he cannot face Jefferson because life. Grant just doesn't see who he truly is. However, Grant's girlfriend Vivian shows him his conflict in life by bringing up when he left the South and came back for some reason.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American transcendentalist thinker once said “The purpose of life is... to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ernest J. Gaines, author of historical novel A Lesson Before Dying, focuses largely on the idea of the importance an individual can have in someone else's life, and how it can ultimately lead to a life that is truly worth living. Grant Wiggins, the educated, yet stubborn protagonist in A Lesson Before Dying, is forced by his aunt to return to his small town Louisiana community in which he has grown to hate because of the racial inequality and unequal learning opportunities. Grants aunt, Tante Lou, coerces him to work with her friend's
“The most obvious example of such discursive confinement is that of the educational system itself. The schoolhouse is a detention camp of sorts in which Grant is allowed to teach only the ideology that will keep himself and his black community powerless.” (Auger 76). Grant feels as though his life is going nowhere fast. Being a teacher and doing the same things continuously starts to drain Grant. “Grant’s daily interactions with his students result in feelings of displacement and disillusionment.
Another half of the story follows the perspective of Grant Wiggins. A teacher who has lost faith in change in his black community, is forcibly tasked with proving to Jefferson that he is a man and not a hog before Jefferson’s inevitable death. The main struggle is Grant trying to prove to Jefferson that he is a man. This novel is the representation of the injustice
In the 1940s, there was quite a difference between black and white education. Grant Wiggins, the protagonist, is a school teacher who is worried about his students not getting the proper supplies for their education. During the superintendent’s visit, Grant stresses this when he says “I don’t have all the books I need. In some classes I have two children studying out of one book.” (Gaines 57). It’s obvious that this is a serious problem, especially when he notes that the books are hand-me-downs from the white schools.
In despair, he gave in to the sentence and the insult, and acted like a hog in his jail cell, while waiting for the execution date. However, after regular visits by his godmother, the pastor, and Grant, Jefferson realized he needed to bear the weight of his death with dignity not for his sake, but for the sake of the people who cared about him and for the sake of people who were in similar situations. This realization leads to Jefferson accepting his death, and walking to the chair as a man, not as an animal. Due to Jefferson’s actions and his nobility, he not only made and strengthened with his community, but proved a point to the majority who labeled him and others like him as animals rather than people and died at