SparkNotes: A Lesson Before Dying

In his novel, A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines quite successfully portrays the theme of the importance of obligation and commitment through presenting an effective setting and community, constructing strong relation...

Dignity and Sacrifice Depicted in Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying - In Ernest J

Gaines novel A Lesson Before Dying, a young African-American, Jefferson, is caught in the middle of a liquor shootout, and as the only survivor is convicted of murder and sentenced to death.


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Urban Dreams OUSD Curriculum Unit  A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines Subject: English/ELD Grade Level: 9th

Gaines accuses the legal injustice against the black population through an innocent convict, Jefferson's death in A Lesson Before Dying. However, Gaines penetrates the fact that the legal injustice is rather a result than a cause. Behind the unfair legal system, a huge matrix of the cultural injustice, which always already presumes the colored people as criminals, does exist. Gaines, thus, puts more stress on Jefferson's t...