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    Name: Khai Seong Wong Assignment #4 ENGL 102 I first met Andrew “Andy” Balik four years ago at the church my partner attended. After years of being away, my partner and I moved back to Bayonne, New Jersey, a small peninsular town that shared a border with Jersey City, and is surrounded by Newark Bay, Upper New York Bay and Kill Van Kull. We were first introduced to Andy by his wife, Joanne. She is a loud and brash woman whose presence could easily fill up a room wherever she goes. Andy is a big

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    Bayonne Case Essay

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    Case-Study 1 BAYONNE PACKAGING, INC. Table of Contents Executive Summary ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….2 Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..2 Company Overview………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3 Industry overview…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3 Process Analysis……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..4 Main problems and recommendations………………………………………………………………………………10Executive Summary In a company like Bayonne Packaging, Inc

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    A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines tells the story of how Grant, an educated black man in Bayonne, helps Jefferson, a black man who is going to be sentenced to death by electrocution, become a man by his godmother’s wish before he dies so, he can die like a man. In the novel, Gaines introduces characters who display a change as the novel goes on. Many themes are shown throughout the novel. One theme in A Lesson Before Dying deals with how a certain character’s growth propels another character

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    who is faced with the task of making him a “man”. The novel takes place in Bayonne, Louisiana in the 1940’s, a time when racism prospered. At this time in history people faced extreme prejudice based on the color of their skin. Though slavery had been abolished almost eighty years

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    characters in the novel are all victims of this “separate but equal” mentality; the younger characters yearn for real equality and the older characters have settled in to their lives by accepting their “fate.” The existing structures of society in Bayonne, Louisiana prevent black characters such as Grant Wiggins and Vivian from ever breaking out of their social class; both are forced to remain in their lives as teachers of young black children who will also grow up to live limited lives. Wiggins says

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    to the narrator of his subsequent work, A Lesson Before Dying, it would seem that this principle is reflected in the one thing Grant Wiggins initially holds above himself. I refer, of course, to Grant’s anticipation of the day that he will leave Bayonne in order to start a new life elsewhere, ideally in the company

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    community to the racial prejudice that occurred, it also affected individual lives of Paul, the children in Bayonne, and Grant. Paul was a white deputy in the Bayonne prison where Jefferson was sentenced. In some ways, he is shown as the only white person in the novel who sympathizes

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    done by the community and environment Grant lives in. This change is not a one way street Grant also has a major impact on his community not just being a teacher though but also as a son and fiance. Grants effect as an educated black man makes the Bayonne quarter very dependent on him as well as makes him dependent on the quarter. They rely on him for things that are obvious and important like teaching their children. They need him for the less obvious but equally important role of educating Jefferson

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    that one's own race is superior (Oxford Dictionary). In A Lesson Before Dying, racism was a concurrent conflict that was the basis of many problems the characters faced.  Rumors and gossip tend to spread quickly by word-of-mouth in the small town of Bayonne. Establishing setting is important as it depicts an image in the reader’s mind of the problems that the characters’ face. Throughout the novel, many references to the setting made the novel further understandable as it emphasizes discrimination of

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    rooted in the mainstream culture. While these stereotypes may not always be true, they are extremely difficult to ignore and escape from. In Ernest J. Gaines’s novel A Lesson Before Dying, Grant Wiggins struggles to break away from the social norms of Bayonne Louisiana, and finds it challenging to convince others of his own worth. Although Grant has led a successful life, and has a respectable career, his white counterparts still treat him as a second-class citizen. Jefferson is another product of the

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