A Lesson Before Dying: Love and Family Relationships

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Love and Family Relationships
In A Lesson Before Dying, Mr. Grant Wiggins' life crises were the center of the story. Although he was supposed to make Jefferson into a man, he himself became more of one as a result. Not to say that Jefferson was not in any way transformed from the "hog" he was into an actual man, but I believe this story was really written about Mr. Wiggins. Mr. Wiggins improved as a person greatly in this book, and that helped his relationships with other people for the most part. At the start of the book, he more or less hated Jefferson, but after a while he became his friend and probably the only person Jefferson felt he could trust. The turning point in their relationship was the one visit in which Jefferson told Mr. Wiggins that he wanted a gallon of ice cream, and that he never had enough ice cream in his whole life. At that point Jefferson confided something in Mr. Wiggins, something that I didn't see Jefferson doing often at all in this book. "I saw a slight sm...

Love and motivation from people around Grant in A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines are all directly linked for his eventual change away from the resentments and uncertainties. Without people like Miss Emma or Tante Lou, it seems likely that Grant would have festered in his desolation and spent his life feeling angry and ill-tempered. Ever since, Emma and Tante Lou forced Grant to go visit Jefferson and keep him motivated to stick with the task they've assigned him, it can be said that they are the real force in the novel behind Grant. Vivian, while an equal force in Grant's eventual change in attitude in A Lesson Before Dying, seems to have a different effect. While Grant tends many times to be withdrawn away from interaction with his aunt and Miss Emma, he opens up to Vivian at the end and admits his weakness by laying his somnolent head in her lap. The first line of A Lesson Before Dying when Grant states offers one of the most important quotes from A Lesson...
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