He believed that they would all turn out the same and he did not want that for himself or Jefferson, but he knew deep down that they were just as stuck as every other person of colour. Grant did not want Jefferson to be like him and the rest of them, he wanted Jefferson to prove them wrong; prove to them that he was so much more of what they made of him by walking to that chair with his chin held high and his shoulders as straight as ever. However, Grant did not attend Jefferson’s execution. Maybe it was because he didn’t want to be seen as a failure if ever Jefferson decided to be what was said of him during his execution. Maybe he was too afraid of breaking down as Jefferson walked toward the chair alone.
Though Jefferson, a man wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death in A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, has to stay strong, two men stand out as strong or even stronger, Grant Wiggins and Reverend Ambrose. The two men are some of the best leaders in the community but they have different strengths, and Grant is better able to help Jefferson meet his unfortunate death. Throughout A Lesson Before Dying Reverend Ambrose and Grant Wiggins are some of the best leaders in the Quarter. The Reverend is a leader to all that are in pain or otherwise troubled. According to the Reverend, “I know my people.
He is completely against a request that his aunt, Tante Lou, asks of him. Since he is an educated man, Tante Lou wants him to visit the local jail and speak with Jefferson. Grant is very skeptical, saying, “He’s dead now. All I can do is try to keep the others from ending up like this—but he’s gone from us. There’s nothing I can do anymore” (Gaines 14).
They could say that George could have rescued Lennie and ran away from the ranch like he did in weed. This is wrong because George couldn’t live a life of running and saving Lennie from all his mistakes. George wanted to settle down on his own ranch, but he couldn’t do that with Lennie messing up all the time. The opposing viewpoint could also say that Lennie was too good of a worker to be killed. But this is also incorrect because it doesn’t matter how good of a worker he is, if he keeps getting them kicked out of wherever they are.
The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.” Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, or better known as Frederick Douglass, was an African-American who supported the abolition of slavery in the nineteenth century. Slave-born of an unknown father, Frederick Douglass taught himself how to write and read- even though it was a crime for black people to learn- and became one of the most eloquent orator, and writer during the nineteenth century. With his great passion of wanting to demolish slavery, he gained thousands and thousands of black people, and even white people, who supported him in the abolition of slavery. His antislavery not only reached the United States, but even Great Britain. Abandoned first by his mother and then by his grandmother, then passing through very
The Widow Douglas tried to win custody of Huck to take him away from his father but the court denied her. In the novel, the judge of Huck’s custody dispute stated, “the courts mustn’t interfere and separate families if they could help it; said he druther not take a child away from its father” (Twain 21).Twain shows satirization in the legal system because the townsfolk knew Jim Finn wasn’t a suitable father and the court still allowed him custody. This also shows satirization of the government because Jim Finn was an alcoholic and abusive father, but the judge still gave this horrific man full custody of Huck. Lastly, this shows how courts at the time would rather take the easy way out and not be involved. The court system rather than help people through their problems or remove children from harmful circumstances would leave them in dangerous situations.
There was a lot of racial tension back in the time period the novel To Kill a Mockingbird took place. While Reverend Sykes and Jem talk, waiting for the judge to come back and say the verdict. Jem believes they've won the case, but Reverend Sykes doesn't want to get his hopes up. Reverend Sykes says, “I ain't ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man” (279). Reverend Sykes knows, no matter how much evidence a colored person has, they'll always end up being guilty.
Although he is being harassed he doesn’t care,and continues to defend Tom Robinson. He does this because he truly believes that Tom is innocent and feels that if he doesn’t fight for Tom he will lose his honor and respect as can be seen from the quote, Atticus to Scout “If I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent his legislature,I couldn't even tell you or Jem not do something again.” (100, Lee) He believes in his heart that it is
Huck knows he must not tell the truth, again to help his friend escape slavery. Another situation is when Huck and Jim first meet the duke and king; Huck soon realizes that they are actually con men. However, he keeps this truth from Jim because he feels that it would be useless to tell him (Twain 99). Huck knows if he tells Jim the truth, unnecessary conflicts could occur. Huck’s lying is justified because he has to in order to protect his friend.
Beowulf, still keeping his faith in God, believes that God is punishing him for his wrong doing, and he is sorta right. (Death ln 16-19). Perhaps Beowulf realizes his mistake in trusting in the worldly things to keep him safe and secure, rather than God, but it is revealed to the reader that this is not the case. Against impossible odds, Beowulf chose to rely on his armor and weapons to keep him safe; however, these things failed him. (Death ln 89-90).