A Lesson Before Dying

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Every day people are treated in ways that strip them of their humanity and dignity, they are made to feel worthless. Though, one must learn their worth before they die. Through the experiences of Jefferson, Reverend Ambrose, and Miss Emma, we can view how important ones worth is to them, especially to be known before one passes away. The novel "A lesson before dying" by Ernest Gaines, exemplifies that the most significant lesson to learn before dying is that you are worth something no matter what society deems you to be, and as long as you show your humanity and dignity, it does not matter what society thinks.

The coloured community is horrified when Jefferson is sentenced to death by electrocution. Jefferson was just in the wrong place at
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She was absolutely destroyed inside, but who would not be? When people heard the sentence and believed him to be guilty, she lost some dignity since she raised him. She lost even more of her dignity when his defense lawyer called him a hog. She says "They called my boy a hog. I didn't raise no hog, and I don't want no hog to go into that chair." She is desperately working so Jefferson does not feel like a hog when he gets into the chair. Though her dignity is restored when Paul claims "But tell them he was the bravest man in that room today." She restored her worth when Jefferson did. She reclaimed her humanity and dignity because of him and will be able to pass on peacefully.

The novel "A lesson before dying" by Ernest Gaines, exemplifies that the most significant lesson to learn before dying is that you are worth something no matter what society deems you to be, and as long as you show your humanity and dignity, it does not matter what society thinks. We see this through the thoughts, actions, words, and experiences of the characters in the novel. We mostly see this through Jefferson, Reverend Ambrose, and Miss Emma. Sometimes we doubt our worth for many different reasons and at different times, but as long as we can learn our worth before we die, all will be

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