Analysis Of The Book ' Racism ' By Ernest Gaines Essay

1679 Words Apr 10th, 2016 7 Pages
“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn 't matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong”(Muhammad Ali). In this novel racism is the theme of the story, every event that happens is because of how racist people were at that time. The time the novel is based on was a really hard time for America, specially for African Americans, it was the time of the Jim Crow Laws, where African Americans were supposed to be free but they weren’t. Ernest Gaines was born and raised in Louisiana, where most of his novels take place, Gaines also worked in the plantations and attended the college of San Francisco where he got many rewards.(Fiero) In A Lesson Before Dying, Jefferson is sentenced to death because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, he was accused of robbing a store and killing its owner, since Jefferson is an African American, the judge didn 't ask for any proves and decided to sentence him to death. Then Grant, a friend of Jefferson’s godmother, is put on a mission to make Jefferson die with dignity, like a man. Gaines tries to portray the themes of racism and injustice in the justice system. In the novel A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines shows the problems that the African American society faced in the 1940s, and uses literary techniques to emphasize the problems with racism that happened at that time. Gaines uses many literary techniques throughout the novel to emphasize the events and ideas in the novel. One of the literary…

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