In Chapter 9, the focus shifts from the plantation school to the county jail as Grant and Miss Emma, for the first time, are able to talk to the captive Jefferson. In Chapter 10, we find Grant and Miss Emma going through the by-now familiar ritual at the courthouse: The deputy searches Miss Emma’s basket of food and examines the contents of Grant’s pockets, then leads them past the other inmates to Jefferson’s cell. As before, Jefferson is sullen and unresponsive, and Miss Emma leaves in tears, asking the deputy to distribute the leftover food among the other inmates. The next time Grant stops by to pick up Miss Emma, she insists that she is too sick to travel. Ignoring his protests, Tante Lou and Miss Emma persuade Grant to visit Jefferson alone; they then send him on his way with a bag that — in Grant’s opinion — contains enough food to feed everyone at the jail. When Grant arrives for his first solo visit with Jefferson (Chapter 11), Sheriff Guidry is there to meet him instead of the chief deputy. After Grant’s brief conversation with the sheriff, Paul, the young deputy, escorts him to Jefferson’s cell. As Grant urges Jefferson to eat some of Miss Emma’s food, Jefferson initially ignores him. Then, as Grant watches in amazement, Jefferson gets down on his hands and knees, puts his head inside the bag of food, and proceeds to show him how a hog eats. Not wanting the sheriff to know that his visit has been unsuccessful, Grant decides to stay until the end of his allotted hour, half-heartedly attempting to engage Jefferson in conversation. Upon leaving, he tells Jefferson that he will tell Miss Emma how much he (Jefferson) enjoyed her food. As Paul escorts Grant back to the office, they talk briefly about Jefferson. Reluctant to tell Miss Emma about his visit, Grant stops by the Rainbow Club on his way home (Chapter 12). At the club, he finds Joe Claiborne and two old men discussing their current hero, Jackie Robinson. As he listens to their conversation and
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criticize their children as much as her family does. Grant insists that his family differs from hers. Vivian becomes very quiet and then says she must go. The ladies say that Vivian is a “lady of quality” and encourage her to remain a Christian woman. After the interrogation, Vivian leaves gratefully with Grant. They watch a black girl and her boyfriend walking home from church holding hands. Grant thinks to himself, “Good luck.”
Chapter 16 : On Monday, Grant sees Tante Lou, Reverend Ambrose, and Miss….
Chapter 31: from page 251 “ it must have been 12.15 by now” to the end of the chapter
The passage I’m going to comment upon is the last chapter from the novel A Lesson Before Dying written by Ernest J. Gaines, and African-American writer. This author was born on a plantation in Louisiana at the beginning of the thirties. Louisiana has been a source of inspiration for his novel since he only writes about the life of black people in the south of the USA. This book won several prizes among which France’s….
A Lesson Before Dying is a deceptively simple novel that explores numerous complex themes. Like Albert Camus’ The Stranger, which also explores a prison experience, albeit from the prisoner’s point of view, its stark simplicity and spare language belie a complex and profound book. Gaines uses harsh (or austere) language to reflect the spiritual and personal alienation of humans in the twentieth century. Through Grant Wiggins’ emotionally detached account of Jefferson’s trial at the beginning of the….
an elementary school teacher in his mid-twenties. Grant is intelligent and willful, but also somewhat hypocritical and depressed. A life spent in a segregated, racist community has made him bitter. He has no faith in himself, his society, or his church. He does not believe anything will ever change and thinks escape is the only option. He fears committing himself to a fight he cannot win. This defeatist attitude makes him shun responsibility, and he resents Tante Lou and Miss Emma for forcing him….
is due to take place in a fortnight.
So this is the opportunity for us to check the results of Grant’s strategy and to see if he has been successful or not in saving Jefferson and making him” regain his dignity of a man before he dies.
The whole chapter consists in the visit, so it is a dialogue between the two main characters of the novel who are alone in the cell. A chronological study of….
Commentaire d’anglais renforcé chapitre 31
The chapter 31 is the last chapter of a lesson before dying written by Ernest J.Gaines. It is the day Jefferson took his final breath. Our extract begins in the middle of the chapter when Grant leaves the children on their knees praying and goes outside. He knows “it was finally over “Jefferson got executed
We will try to figure out how it affects the people around him, especially Grant. Firstly, I will analyze Grants feelings and his behavior after….
A Lesson Before Dying. Chapitre 3
1 What had changed.
First of all, the only fact that old black employees come back to ask a favour to their ancient boss is a change. The react of Louis Rougon highlight that. He was seriously shocked. P22 When Miss Emma talked to him “He could not believe what he was hearing”.
According to Grant, others things was changed when he came back again in the Pichot’s house.
First, there is a new maid, called Inez, who serves Mr Pichot, because Miss Emma and Aunt Lou….
EJG. The author was born on a plantation in the 30ies and was brought up by his great aunt. Louisiana, the American historical background and strong black women have greatly influenced his work which have been rewarded by France’s highest literary honour:...
The novel is set in Louisiana at the end of the 40ies so at the time of segregation, both elements being extremely important in the novel.
The first chapter takes place in a courtroom during Jefferson’s trial, a young black man accused of robbery….
THE ELECTRIC CHAIR Chapter 30 from p.239’Melvina was sweeping off…’ down to p.241’ she
Felt sick already’.
1*INTRODUCE THE EXTRACT
1On the morning before Jefferson’s execution, a black truck with a gray tarpaulin cover drives into town. The townspeople are all struck by this strange truck which parks by the courthouse.
The night before, Grant and Vivian drink at the Rainbow Club but find they cannot talk. Grant goes
Home slightly drunk wishing he could sleep but not dream. Reverend Ambrose….