Conviction In Faulkner's A Lesson Before Dying

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A Lesson Before Dying highlights the events surrounding the conviction and eradication of an innocent man. Prearranged in deep south during the 1940s, the book ostentatiousness many of the common racial injustices of the era. Despite the fact the book chronicles the events ultimately leading to Jefferson’s eradication, it is really more about the way Jefferson’s conviction transformed and modified others. The book culminates with the electrocution of Jefferson, which was apperceived throughout the town. From the origination of the book the reader knows Jefferson has a ghost of a chance. Grant, the narrator of the book, recognizes this in the opening sentence “I was not there, yet I was there…. I did not hear the verdict, because I knew…show more content…
In the beginning, every character is cemented in some kind of emotional or life “rut” that prevents them from being content and productive. Grant is constantly mirthless with where he lives and what he is accomplishing. He does not consternation about how well he teaches his children or what transpires to them. At school, he is constantly irritated with the children and lashes out at them. Grant’s frustration has less to do with his students, and more to do with his frustration with the world. When Grant is first instructed to visit Jefferson, he is reluctant and resentful. Regardless, Grant does go and visit Jefferson, and over time the two men form a close gunk. Both Grant and Jefferson begin learning from each other, and Grant’s visits become more frequent with time. Jefferson helps Grant realize how good he has it in life, and that he should appreciate where he is and care about how he treats others. Grant vouchsafe Jefferson a radio to help him stay connected to the outside world. Although Grant was supposed to be the teacher, both men perk from the relationship. At one point, Grant says to Jefferson, “You’re more a man than I am Jefferson (225).” If it had not been for the impending date of execution, Grant would have shown no interest in helping Jefferson regain his pride and confidence and would have therefore never reciprocated
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