21 Reading Notes

21 Reading Notes - Fortenbery 1 Sam Fortenbery English...

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Fortenbery 1 Sam Fortenbery English 2120.103 Ernest J. Gaines A Lesson Before Dying Reading Notes 2/21 2. Education is major theme in the novel, but not always in the positive ways that you might expect. Discuss ways in which Gaines focuses on education in the first part of the novel, including issues as its goals, the way it is practiced, and its rewards and limitations. lack of education among the African American population, specifically Jefferson(7-9) “Do you see a modicum of intelligence? Do you see anyone here who could plan a murder, a robbery, can plan can plan anything?” (7) a job with no prospect of affecting the futures of his pupils or making a difference(13-14) “Yes, I’m the teacher,” I said. “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 boy out of a liquor store.” (13) Grant shows no passion for teaching on the plantation or helping his students(15-17) “I had told her I was no teacher, I hated teaching, and I was just running in place
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course ENG 226 taught by Professor Kristinagroover during the Spring '07 term at Appalachian State.

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