Miss emma wants grant to make jefferson a man before

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Miss Emma wants Grant to make Jefferson a “man” before his execution. She is still reeling from the prosecuting attorney’s words, when he called Jefferson a “hog.” These ladies have chosen Grant for two reasons: he is “the teacher” for the black students, and he is educated. They most likely consider Grant one who has the qualities they are hoping to instill in Jefferson. 3. How does Grant react to their suggestion? Grant is angered and upset. He does not understand why they have chosen him, since he hates living there and wants only to be anywhere else. He also feels that Jefferson only has a few weeks to live, and there would not be enough time to do anything more for the prisoner than has already been done. 4. Why does Grant end up going to Henri Pinchot’s house with the women? Tante Lou warns Grant that if he does not do what Miss Emma is asking, he will no longer be welcome in her home, where he is presently living. He feels as if he is trapped and has no other choice. 5. We now know who the narrator is. Why might the author chose to tell the story from the first-person point-of-view? Grant is the narrator. The author might want to tell the story from his perspective because the reader will be able to get a more personal view of the events. First-person point-of-view allows the author to give the reader a more intimate knowledge of the events and the thoughts and feelings of the speaker. It does not, however, give any insight into the other characters’ thoughts, hopes, wants, motivation, etc.
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3 A Lesson Before Dying TEACHER’S COPY STUDY GUIDE Chapter Three VOCABULARY antebellum – existing before the war, especially before the U.S. Civil War 1. What is the tie between Miss Emma and Henri Pichot? How does this tie figure into the ladies’ scheme? Miss Emma used to be the maid for the Pichot family when Henri was a boy. Miss Emma has done a great deal for the family and is hoping that that tie will influence Henri and help convince him to use his own influence to allow Grant access to Jefferson. 2. What pieces of information does the author reveal about Grant in the early part of this chapter? Grant had been a child on the Pichot plantation until his aunt decided he should not “go through that back door ever again.” He attends the university and returns to be a teacher, a job which he has had for the past six years. 3. Reread the section of this chapter where Henri Pichot comes to the kitchen to speak with Miss Emma. Explain what is happening with Grant’s eyes shifting. This story takes place in the early 1940s when life in the South was still very racially biased. Pichot is a rich and powerful white man, Grant is African-American; therefore, people feel he is not on an equal footing with someone like Pichot. When Grant was little, and Miss Emma was the maid there, he used to do the chores. Since then, he has broken away and gotten a college education, but there is still no feeling of equality.
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