A Gathering Of Old Men Essay

1632 Words Jan 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Whenever a group of people face multiple years of oppression, the group either chooses to break apart or join together. In A Gathering of Old Men, Ernest Gaines establishes a black community that joins together to fight the many years of racial oppression present before and after the Civil Rights Movement. Gaines uses fifteen narrators, that are cajun and black, to tell the two opposing sides of racism still present on the Marshall Plantation. Although the cajun farmers believe they no longer discriminate against the black community, Gaines uses an isolated setting, a unified black community, a very prominent Marshall Plantation, a black resistance to the white supremacy, and a use of powerful symbolism to show the journey of one black community joining together to finally achieve their freedom.
Although A Gathering of Old Men was set many years after slavery and the Civil Rights Movement, Gaines’ reveals that the still underlying fight against racial oppression is still present. The novel takes place on a once prosperous Plantation in the town of Bayonne, Louisiana, in the 1970s. According to Tucker, Gaines chooses this setting to strictly challenge the Civil Rights Movement and the thought of a quickly evolving society. Although many southern towns had started transforming its once racial ways, the Marshall Plantation, in its isolated environment, remained in the dreadful past. Furthermore Tucker states, Gaines’ decides to write the novel about a small town in…

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