By Ernest J. Gaines
During this novel, a tender guy who returns to Nineteen Forties Cajun kingdom to educate visits a black adolescence on demise row for a criminal offense he did not devote. jointly they arrive to appreciate the heroism of resisting.
This concise complement to Ernest J. Gaines' A Lesson earlier than loss of life is helping scholars comprehend the general constitution of the paintings, activities and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural views of the writer.
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Ambrose reminds him of his offer. The doctor’s main concern is not the state of Miss Emma’s health, but the road conditions in the quarter. Grant is enraged about the cold and calculated manner in which Jefferson’s death has been decided by these white men. Jefferson has not been sentenced by a jury of his peers but by a group of racist whites who have a total disregard for black life. Although Grant seethes with rage at the injustice of Jefferson’s situation, he is afraid to express his feelings openly.
Note that Woodson’s and Rev. Ambrose’s view of education differs radically from the view espoused by Jefferson’s defense attorney in Chapter 1. Recall that the attorney denounces Jefferson as uncivilized and uneducated because he is not familiar with the works of Byron, Shelley, and Keats. As a college graduate, Grant is (we can assume) familiar with these authors, yet, from a practical and humanistic perspective, he is still uneducated. Also significant is Rev. Ambrose’s candid statement that he has no qualms about lying to protect others’ feelings, which presumes that he is responding to a “higher” or “deeper” truth.
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