Japan Occupation Essay

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A Lesson Before Dying Essay Exam Prompt Lesson
Grant Wiggins has been teaching on a plantation outside Bayonne, Louisiana, for several years when a slow-witted man named Jefferson is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Jefferson claims he is innocent of the crime. He says he was on his way to a bar, but changed his mind and decided to tag along with two men who were on their way to a liquor store. Upon arriving there, the two men began arguing with the storeowner, and a shootout ensued. The storeowner and the two men died, and Jefferson remained at the scene of the crime. He was arrested and tried for murder. Jefferson’s lawyer argues in court that Jefferson is nothing but a poor ...view middle of the document...

I think this, because as Grant was spending more time with Jefferson, he became fonder of him and started to become more and more vexed about why they were executing an innocent man. Grant then became closer to the community, with the help of his girlfriend Vivian, instead of wanting to run away from the community.
A Lesson Before Dying is about life back in the late 1940’s. When reading this book it was about three main topics: education, freedom, and opportunity. I say this because; every significant part of the book connects with at least one of those three topics. Such as, the time Grant punished one of his students for staring out the window at two African-American men, sitting on a wagon being pulled by a two mules. “Henry Lewis was a short black man with hardly any teeth. His hands were the color and texture of the legs of a snapping turtle. He wore an old straw hat, a green and brown plaid shirt, khaki pants, and rubber boots.” (Gaines p. 61). Grant punished his student for looking at the two men, because of what the two men had become of their lives. Grant, didn’t want the students to see what the two men were doing as a normal job, he wanted the students to stay educated and become something of themselves.
Other characters in the book were going through the same stressful wait on when Jefferson was going to be executed. Such as, Jefferson’s godmother Mss. Emma. Jefferson acted as if she was his mom and Mss. Emma acted as if he was her son. They had somewhat of a close bond, until the incident at the liquor store. Mss. Emma did her absolute best to communicate with Jefferson when he was in jail, but he would never oblige, not even make any eye contact. “She took a polo shirt from the paper bag and spread it out with both hands. But he showed no sign of seeing the shirt, or even hearing Miss Emma.” (Gaines p. 121). Miss Emma went through what no mom would ever want to go through, losing your own child. For her, to visualize that she...

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