Injustice In Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying

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“The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice” (Mark Twain). The United States of America has undergone numerous impediments that have impacted our country's history eternally. America has resolved a spattering of these obstacles, and others sweep remaining obstacles under the rug. An assortment of America's turmoils is never-healing wounds that have become infectious. The three novels talk of these wounds and give the underlying details about the misfortune they have enkindled. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines is a heart-wrenching story about the injustices done to an ill-fated, young black man, Jefferson. The novel takes place in the late 1940s in a small Cajun community during the peak of segregation. Jefferson…show more content…
This decade infuses segregation with prejudice and injustices. A Lesson Before Dying unfolds in the late 1940s in a small Cajun Community, Bayonne. During this time, African Americans were still fighting the strenuous battle against racism. It was a time of aggression and hostility. The Jim Crow Laws were still striving to make their imprint and bring forth modification. The blacks had no voice, equality, or Liberty. “They sentence you to death because you were at the wrong place at the wrong time, with no proof that you had anything at all to do with the crime other than being there when it happened. Yet six months later they come and unlock your cage and tell you, We, us, white folks have decided it's time for you to die, because this is the convenient date and time” (Gaines 158). Also, Fences and Devil in a Blue Dress also exhibit the misdeeds done by the use of ethos. All three authors utilize the reader's emotions to allow comprehension of the tranny done. “I ain't worried about them firing me. They gonna fire me cause I asked a question? That's all I did. I went to Mr. Rand and asked him, “Why?” Why you got the white mens driving and the colored lifting?” Told him, “what's the matter, don't I count? You think only white fellows got sense enough to drive a truck. That ain't no paper job! Hell, anybody can drive a truck. How come you got all whites driving and the colored lifting?” (Wilson
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