New York: Alfred A. I am not that kind of person, but I want you to be.
He has said about himself that he is not a storyteller; he simply records conversations. Consequently, we realize that Jefferson's execution, which is generally perceived as a distasteful but necessary task by the majority of the white community, is an occasion for much sorrow and grief for the black community.
Although we "hear" Grant's voice, the novel is ultimately Jefferson's story. The social distance between the college-educated Grant and Jefferson appears as great as that between the races, and class differences often frustrate their ability to communicate.
This help explain why Grant is initially unwilling to teach Jefferson—he believes that dignity is impossible without opportunity.
Along the way, we witness life in the black, segregated community of Bayonne, which, although it appears to go on without interruption, is deeply affected by Jefferson's impending death. Ernest J. Justice, or Jefferson's innocence, becomes secondary to the cause of racial image building -- no trifling matter.
Without Miss Emma or Tante Lou, it seems natural to conclude that Grant would have stagnated in his despair and spent his life feeling angry and irritable.
This narrative poem resembles pain as the author gives his past a recapitulation. They never told me how to keep a black boy out of a liquor store.