Compassion In Ernest Gaines A Lesson Before Dying

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In A Lesson Before Dying, Earnest Gaines portrays Grant as nonchalant; however, Grant possesses the compassion to teach Jefferson how to be a man. One of the characteristics Grant displays is indifference. Grant says, “There’s nothing I can do anymore, nothing any of us can do anymore.” Grant feels this way because Jefferson’s death is inevitable, and does not care much for how Jefferson dies, be it man or hog. Grant also did not care about what happened at the trial because he knew what the outcome would be. Grant also displays compassion in the story. One instance of this attitude can be found at the end of chapter 23. In this particular section, Jefferson asked Grant to thank the children for the nuts they brought him. When this occurred,

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