A Lesson Before Dying (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)

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Each SparkNote gives you just what you need to succeed in school with:
  • Summaries of every chapter and thorough Analysis
  • Explanation of the key Themes, Motifs, and Symbols
  • Detailed Character Analysis
  • Key Facts about the Work
  • Author's Historical Context
  • Identification and explanation of Important Quotations
  • A 25-question review Quiz, Study Questions and Essay Topics to help you prepare for papers and tests

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411486645
  • Publisher: Spark Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/11/2007
  • Series: SparkNotes Literature Guide Series
  • Format: Spark Note
  • Sales rank: 217,275
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Table of Contents

Context 1
Plot Overview 3
Character List 7
Analysis of Major Characters 11
Grant Wiggins 11
Jefferson 12
Sheriff Sam Guidry 12
Tante Lou 13
Themes, Motifs & Symbols 15
Recognizing Injustice and Facing Responsibility 15
Redemption in Death 15
The Inescapable Past 16
Constructive Lying 16
Small Displays of Power 17
Christian Imagery 17
The Notebook 18
The Chair 18
The Church 18
Food and Drink 19
Summary & Analysis 21
Chapters 1-2 21
Chapters 3-5 23
Chapters 6-8 26
Chapters 9-12 29
Chapters 13-15 32
Chapters 16-18 35
Chapters 19-21 38
Chapters 22-24 41
Chapters 25-28 43
Chapter 29: Jefferson's Diary 46
Chapters 30-31 48
Important Quotations Explained 53
Key Facts 59
Study Questions & Essay Topics 61
Study Questions 61
Suggested Essay Topics 65
Review & Resources 67
Quiz 67
Suggestions for Further Reading 72
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    Obligation and Commitment to those we hold dear

    I really liked reading 'A Lesson Before Dying' by Ernest J. Gaines. The characters seemed like people that you already know. I particularly liked the way Mr. Gaines pointed out the analogies between Jefferson and God. This book is very emotional and it helps if you can discuss it with another person. I believe that reading this book can help us all to be better people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    A real Lesson Before Dying thru open eyes

    While reading A Lesson Before Dying, I thought that prejudice was just a thing of the past. After reading the book I started to think that in some ways America is the same as in the 'Jim Crow Era'. I do not understand how or why these people had to go through such pain and agony just to survive the daily life. Gaines really gives you the feeling that you are really in Louisiana in the late 1940's. Some of the things that went on I would never had thought about until I read the book. It is as though he really has meaning behind this story. Although this is a trying time not only for the accused, but for everyone involved with him. To some the learning process began just as everything had fallen apart;meanwhile, to others it had opened their eyes to a whole new world. This is a very good book and I would reccommend it to anyone who wanted to know just how blacks were treated in the south before the Civil Rights Movement.

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