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 which Jefferson told Mr. Wiggins that he
wanted a gallon of ice cream, and that he never had enough ice cream in his whole life.
point Jefferson confided something in Mr. Wiggins, something that I didn't see Jefferson doing
often at all in this book.
'I saw a slight smile come to his face, and it was not a bitter smile. Not bitter at all'; this
is the first instance in which Jefferson breaks his somber barrier and shows emotions. At that
point he became a man, not a hog. As far as the story 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...