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A Lesson Before Dying or a Lesson for Living? How One Nine-Page Chapter, in Ernest J. Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying, Connected the Lines Between Life, Death, and Everything in Between

Abstract This thesis focuses on the nine-page diary present in Ernest J. Gaines’, A Lesson Before Dying. The diary is the only real form of communication from Jefferson, a young African American man who was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. After being stripped of his manhood while on trial, it became a group effort to assist this man in regaining his manhood. In this thesis, the diary became the topic of focus and was examined to see why it had such an important role in the novel. Separated into three chapters, each looking at specific moments and people that helped the diary come to fruition. The first chapter focuses on key moments that helped influence the diary. The second chapter focuses specifically on the content of the diary... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Rincon, Samantha Nicole (Author) / Miller, Keith (Advisor) / Lussier, Mark (Committee member) / Sadowski-Smith, Claudia (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject English literature
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 41 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis English 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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