Lesson Before Dying
By: Ernest J. Gaines
This is a story is set Bayonne Louisiana where blacks and whites were still majorly segregated. A man named Jefferson makes one wrong decision that gets him a trial to decide if he is guilty of murder. During court, Jefferson's lawyer called him a hog and that he couldn't possibly be capable of that. Jefferson was convicted guilty of murder and sentenced to death by electric chair. Jefferson's god-mother, Miss Emma, pleads with the local teacher, Grant Wiggins, to help Jefferson die like a man instead of the hog he believes he is. A Lesson Before Dying follows Grant and his task of helping Jefferson become a man.
I would give this book 5 stars out of 5. It was an easy read, but the content was probably what made it an AP book. I didn't want to put the book down, it was just that good. It talks about religion a good amount, so if that makes you uncomfortable, then this book wouldn't be good. It also has some intense scenes, but they didn't bother me. If you want a short, easy read but also extremely engrossing, then this book would be good for you.
"What justice would there be to take this life? Justice, gentlemen? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this" (Jefferson's Lawyer)
This quote is where the drama begins. Grant Wiggins is recruited to convince Jefferson that he is not a hog, that he is a human.
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