A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest J. Gaines

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I found A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines a deeply moving novel, which kept me on the edge of my seat and had a hard time putting down. The novel explores various themes and concepts that surround the education system, filled with multiple emotional moments, conflicts, and surprising moments scattered throughout the storyline. However, the novel does not just focus on the education system and its underlying issues, but it also focuses on human transformation, where the emotional moments, conflicts, and surprising moments of the novel were most evident. Although the novel raises some important issues and concerns that should be taken more considerably about the education system, human transformation that comes around as a result of love, is an overarching theme that stood out to me throughout the novel.
 At the beginning of the novel, we notice Grant Wiggins is a character that does not advocate for change. Although Miss Emma, Jefferson’s grandmother, persists on Grant to visit Jefferson with hopes that he will help Jefferson will die with dignity, Grant constantly expresses his unwillingness to not get involved with Jefferson’s case, and believes that Jefferson will not change despite his encounters with him. At a pivotal moment in the text, Vivian’s love transforms Grant, as he tells Jefferson that he persists in visiting the prison not because he feels obliged to or forced to by his aunt or Miss Emma, but because Vivian encouraged him too. Through this, we see

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