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Exposition of A Lesson Before dying by Ernest J. Gaines

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Jadan Rodriguez

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Transcript of Exposition of A Lesson Before dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Exposition of A Lesson Before dying By:Ernest J. Gaines
About Ernest J. Gaines
Background of A Lesson Before Dying
Genre of A Lesson Before Dying
A lesson before dying is a novel
The genres are Fiction, and Historical fiction
Main Characters
Born in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
He is 81 years old today
Wrote stories recreating his childhood
The story takes place during 1948 , which was during segregated times
Segregation was outlawed in public universities which made it hard for Grant who sought education
Whites and Blacks had different areas
"Ernest Gaines Biography." -- Academy of Achievement. N.p., 2008. Web. 06 Apr. 2014
"A Lesson Before Dying Background." Study Guides & Essay Editing. N.p., 1999. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.
"A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest J. Gaines Book Summary." Book Summary. N.p., 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.
The plot is a flashback because the narrator begins the story with a flashback to Jefferson's trial.
“What justice would there be to take his life? Justice, gentleman? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this.” (Gaines 8)
Literal plot
An african american named Jefferson was convicted of a murder he didn't do and was called a hog during his trial. Miss Emma, Jefferson's godmother wants Grant to make Jefferson a man before he dies.
" I dont want them to kill no hog," she said. "I want a man to go to that chair, on his own two feet." (Gaines 12)
Grant Wiggins: An african american teacher that feels oppressed in the South because of his race.
Tante Lou: Grant's elderly aunt who raised him and she is very religious.
Jefferson: 21 year old laborer who was convicted of a murder.
Miss Emma: Jefferson's godmother who wants Grant to convince Jefferson he is a man before he dies.
Vivian Baptiste: Grant's girlfriend who has a college degree and works as a school teacher.
"Bayonne was a small town of about six thousand. Approximately three thousand five hundred whites; approximately two thousand five hundred colored." (Gaines 25)
Subordinate Characters
Reverend Rose: Leader of religious community
Matthew Antoine: Grant's primary school teacher
Sheriff Guidry: Runs prison in Bayonne
Paul: Sheriff's deputy
Henri Pichot: White man who owns plantation
Mr. Joseph Morgan: The white superintendent of schools
Where an event takes place, type of surroundings
The setting takes place in Bayonne, Louisiana in 1948
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