By Ernest J. Gaines
During this novel, a tender guy who returns to Nineteen Forties Cajun kingdom to educate visits a black early life on loss of life 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 sooner than death 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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Gerty’s ominous presence and the awful noise from her generator also force the reader to focus on the reality of capital punishment and to consider the mentality of the people involved in planning and carrying out the execution. Here again, fact blends with fiction: In a 1994 interview, Gaines noted that Louisiana really did have a portable electric chair that was transported throughout the state and used for executions, much as he describes it here. The executioner’s insistence that the proper procedures be followed to prepare for the execution is also significant.
If they realize that their years of education will ultimately be economically meaningless, how will they learn the intrinsic value of education? The chapter reconsiders issues that are threaded throughout this novel concerning knowledge (information) versus education (formal “book learning”) and wisdom (intuitive knowledge and “common sense”). ” A teacher is anyone who shares knowledge and experience with another, someone who strives to help someone else enhance personal awareness. Jefferson is, in fact, teaching Grant, as Grant is teaching Jefferson.
To make matters worse, instead of admitting his mistake, he attempts to rationalize his behavior to Vivian and becomes angry when she points out that, by endangering his life through his reckless behavior, he was not being considerate of her feelings. Despite her explanation, he fails to see the connection between his behavior 51 and Jefferson’s, and to realize that, had Claiborne and Vivian not been there to defuse the situation and intercede on his behalf, he, too, might have ended up in jail for murder.