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A Lesson Before Dying Essay Exam Prompt Lesson
Grant Wiggins has been teaching on a plantation outside Bayonne, Louisiana, for several years when a slow-witted man named Jefferson is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Jefferson claims he is innocent of the crime. He says he was on his way to a bar, but changed his mind and decided to tag along with two men who were on their way to a liquor store. Upon arriving there, the two men began arguing with the storeowner, and a shootout ensued. The storeowner and the two men died, and Jefferson remained at the scene of the crime. He was arrested and tried for murder. Jefferson’s lawyer argues in court that Jefferson is nothing but a poor fool, hardly more worthwhile than a hog, and therefore incapable of plotting such a scheme. The jury quickly brings back a guilty verdict. Grant is then assigned from his aunt, Tante Lou and Jefferson’s godmother, Mss. Emma, to educate Jefferson to be a man instead of what Jefferson thinks he is, a hog. Grant and Jefferson go down a protracted road and assimilated deep feelings and life lessons that they deal with together.
A lot of the significant parts of the book, A Lesson Before Dying, were of Grant Wiggins teaching/working. While reading this book, I really noticed how much Grant cares and gives his all to teach his students to become something in the world when they are older, because he doesn’t want them to become like half the other people in the community, begging and slaving for money. A huge lesson Grant wanted the children of the community to know was the story of Jefferson’s death. “’For every minute that you don’t spend on your knees between twelve o’clock and until I hear from that courthouse, you will spend twice that time on your knees after three.’” (Gaines p. 247). The reason I feel Grant was so strict about how long the children should stay on their knees, is…...

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