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his evolution into a man Miss Emma can be proud of Chapter Thirty 1. This chapter is different from the others in its pacing. What has the author done here to increase the tension in this section? This is the chapter in which Jefferson is electrocuted. Gaines heightens the tension by drawing out the events leading up to the actual execution. He chooses a few minor characters and shows where each is and what each is doing as the truck with the electric chair in it drives through town. He also details the actions and thoughts of the more important characters – Vivian, Grant, Aunt Lou, the sheriff, and Reverend Ambrose. 2. What are some of the procedures that need to be taken care of before the execution? The actual chair has to be imported and set up. The people who are going to be present as witnesses have to be assembled. Jefferson has to be shaved so the electricity will make good contact with his skin. Jefferson, himself, wants to make sure that the pocket knife and gold chain get back to Mr. Henri. 3. What is the function of this chapter? Although the pace is very slow, this chapter succeeds in readying everything for both the execution and the moment when the reader will find out whether Jefferson dies like a man.
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22 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Thirty-one VOCABULARY sharecropper – one who rents land and farms it corrugated – ridged, grooved, wavy transformation – a change, conversion, alteration 1. How does Grant emphasize the grim importance of this day? Everyone knows that this is the day Jefferson will die. Grant, however, emphasizes this fact to the children by forcing them to kneel from noon until the time he is sure Jefferson is dead. 2. How are the others in the black community observing this grim occasion? No one in the entire community is working on this day. Only a white sharecropper can be seen running a tractor. Otherwise, everything else is still, and everyone is indoors. 3. How long an ordeal has this been for Jefferson and the community? This ordeal has lasted almost six months. 4. While Grant waits for news of the death, he does a great deal of deep soul-searching. What are his thoughts about? He is thinking of Jefferson and the transformation into a man. Grant is also reaching deep inside to answer questions he has about God’s presence in all this and his own faith. He questions why he was not with Jefferson at this last moment and whether he is fit to teach the children anything at all. 5. When does Grant see the butterfly? What does the butterfly symbolize? Grant sees a yellow butterfly with dark specks on its wings alight on some bull grass. When he sees it, he knows that the ordeal is truly over. Butterflies often symbolize a change or transformation that has taken place. While it signals that the execution has taken place, and Jefferson is no longer waiting, it also marks the change that has taken place in Grant’s thinking.
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