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A Lesson Before Dying
Transcript of A Lesson Before Dying
Social Reality #1
Racism not only plays a large role in this book but in real life as well. Racism is a very controversial topic throughout history and modern times. We see how racism attacks Jefferson because many people believe because he is black he got a much worse punishment then a white man would have received.
Trayvon Martin case- On February 26, 2012 a 17 year old African American boy was walking home from a local mini-mart, when he was stopped by a police officer, George Zimmerman. After an altercation, Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. Zimmerman received very minimal penalty for this act, many believe his punishment was lessened due to him being white.
Jesse Thornton- On June 21, 1940 Jesse Thornton fell victim to racial violence. Thornton was standing outside of a barbershop and said to his friends as a police officer walked by, "there goes Doris Rhodes". When the officer heard Thornton's comment, Thornton corrected himself immediately and said,"Mr. Doris Rhodes". Rhodes beat Thornton with his baton and then arrested him. That night when Thornton tried to escape, he was caught by locals, they drove him down to a river and shot him to death. Thornton was found a few days later by a local fisherman.
Social Reality #2
Through difficult times, no matter who is affected, the advise always given is to stay strong. People are told to stay strong during difficult times to show a sense of confidence and emotional strength. We see this in A Lesson Before Dying when Jefferson is finally walking to the chair. He walks straight and brave, and sits in that chair like a man.
Matt Bari, Brandon Sullivan, Nick DeNigris
A Lesson Before Dying
The Story of Soloman Radasky- Soloman Radasky was the only one out of 78 people in his family that survived the Holocaust. Soloman was from Warsaw, Poland and was taken from his workshop and sent to Treblinka and never saw his family again. He received bullet wounds, countless beatings, countless abuse, but throughout it all he stayed strong.
September 11, 2001- 911 is one of the most notorious days in American history. That morning two hijacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers, making them collapse and killing 2,977 men and women. Although a major depressing incident, many Americans stood together and stayed strong. Uplifting our nation, we overcame such a horrible event and have grown since.
"What justice would there be to take this life? Justice, gentlemen? why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this" -Jefferson's defense attorney pg 8
"I'm the teacher... and I teach what the white folks around here tell me to teach-reading, writing, and 'rithmetic. They never told me how to keep a black man out of a liquor store." Grant pg 13
"I don't want them to kill no hog...I want a man to go up to that chair, on his own two feet."
"Goodbye Mr. Wiggin tell them I'm strong tell them I'm a man goodbye Mr. Wiggin I'm gon ask Paul if he can bring you this" -Jefferson pg 234
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