A Lesson Before Dying: Mr. Wiggins



In A Lesson Before Dying, Mr. Grant Wiggins' life crises were the center
of the story. Although he was supposed to make Jefferson into a man, he himself
became more of one as a result. Not to say that Jefferson was not in any way
transformed from the "hog" he was into an actual man, but I believe this story
was really written about Mr. Wiggins.

Mr. Wiggins improved as a person greatly in this book, and that helped
his relationships with other people for the most part. At the start of the
book, he more or less hated Jefferson, but after a while he became his friend
and probably the only person Jefferson felt he could trust. The turning point
in their relationship was the one visit in ...

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tells, he never showed any sort of emotion before the shooting
or after up until that point. A hog can't show emotions, but a man can. There
is the epiphany of the story, where Mr. Wiggins realizes that the purpose of
life is to help make the world a better place, and at that time he no longer
minds visiting Jefferson and begins becoming his friend.

Mr. Wiggins' relationship with his Aunt declined in this story, although
it was never very strong. His Aunt treated him like he should be a hog and
always obey, yet she wanted him to make a hog into a man. His Aunt was not a
very nice person, she would only show kindness towards people who shared many
of her views, and therefore was probably a very hard person to get along with.

The way Mr. Wiggins regarded his relationships most likely would have
been different were he white. Mr. Wiggins feels, and rightly so, that several
white men try to mock or make a fool of him throughout the story. This was a
time of racial discrimination ...

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