Essay notes.docx - Li 1 Toby Li Ms Krymer ENG3UZ-E The Most Important Lesson Learned in A Lesson Before Dying 3 What is the most important lesson to

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Li 1 Toby Li Ms. Krymer ENG3UZ-E July 12, 2017 The Most Important Lesson Learned in A Lesson Before Dyin g 3. What is the most important lesson to learn before dying? Explain using at least three characters from the novel to support your thesis The most important lesson to learn before dying in Ernest Gaines’s novel A Lesson Before Dying is that fact that change is possible and this is evident in Grant, Jefferson, and Vivian/Rev. Ambrose. Lesson: change is inevitable-possible /perseverance/defining oneself-one cannot be controlled by another; makes own decisions/standing up for beliefs Grant -pessimistic helps Jefferson arrogant, negative "My eyes were closed before this moment, Jefferson. My eyes have been closed all my life. Yes, we all need you. Every last one of us" (97) -he used to be pessimistic & negative -he thought nothing would ever change -whites vs blacks -fight in the bar Jefferson -leaving his cowardice and dying like a man -changes/progresses from believing he is hog to being a man -way he ate -way he talked/didn’t talk -how he handled the execution -last words “tell nannan I walked” Reverend Ambrose? -he used to think he was the person most capable and educated because he knew god -upset he was not the most influential over Jefferson -he helped Jefferson reach god? Did he? -argument with grant -did he understand? Miss Emma? -wanted Jefferson to die a man -became frustrated
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Li 2 Tante Lou? -makes him visit Jefferson Vivian? -persuaded grant to continue visiting Jefferson -helped him see change? -divorce? Change-marriage? -running away (she refuses) Importance of Setting to Theme in A Lesson Before Dying 2. How important is setting to the central theme of the story? Explain using at least three different examples from the novel to support your thesis.
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