He tries to keep his cool but, whoops, he loses it. Out of this a fight starts and Grant gets knocked unconscious. As Jefferson continues to cry, Grant leads him back to the table to eat some of his nan-nan's gumbo. Grant continues to try and calm himself down, but after having a few drinks, he realizes that alcohol makes you hear and do things you shouldn't. He tells Vivian that he needs her as Jefferson gets closer to his execution.
A fight breaks out between Grant and the two mulatto bricklayers. Chapters 25—28 Summary: Chapter 25 Grant cannot find Vivian at the Rainbow Club. This is petty, and not worthy of the courageous man Grant is trying to make out of Jefferson. Jefferson says he wants to go to his death wordlessly, as Christ did. The schoolchildren and the people from the quarter visit Jefferson, and he is touched by all of the attention he receives from the children. Ambrose in front of the courthouse. Analysis: Chapters 25—28 In these chapters, Grant becomes not teacher but student.
Joe Claiborne serves Grant a drink as he waits for Vivian. This section contains 390 words approx. Starb me like a hog? Grant tells them to shut up. And—ding, ding, ding—Round 1 begins. He wakes up by hearing Vivians voice.
Pointing out that she's already in trouble, Vivian calmly continues preparing their dinner. In effect, Grant teaches the same lesson on moral obligation and personal responsibility that he attempted to teach earlier see Chapter 18. Despite her disapproval of violence, Vivian softens and asks Grant to stay the night. In this quote Grant is talking about biracial people, or people who have both black and white ancestry. Determined to convince Jefferson that he is a human being worthy of dignity and respect, Grant explains that the myth of white supremacy has been created by whites to subjugate blacks and urges him to look beyond the myth in order to realize and reclaim his self-worth.
Sensing Miss Emma's disappointment, Grant asks Jefferson to walk with him. Vivian takes Grant to her home, gives him a towel for his head, and fixes him a meal of red beans and pork chops. The fact that Grant is willing to fight for his beliefs again illustrates his passion for teaching and bettering Jefferson, though also betrays a lack of self-control that stands at odds with the dignity that Miss Emma wants Jefferson to show. Grant goes to the Rainbow Club and when he sees that Vivian is not there, he has a couple of drinks and waits. In addressing these subjects, Ambrose highlights the absurdity facing the black community—namely, the fact that the community must continually compromise its own sense of ethical behavior—honesty—in order to survive in an unethical and racist world. Thelma Claiborne rushes into the bar and tries to break up the fight, but Joe yells for her to go find Vivian right away. He thinks about how his involvement with Jefferson has negatively affected his sexual performance with Vivian, and hopes this will improve now that he is feeling better.
When he speaks to Jefferson in Chapter 28, Grant tries to persuade him to believe in religion whether Jefferson believes it will be good for his soul or not. This argument seems to reach Grant. When Grant comes to, Vivian is there to take him home. A fight breaks out, during which Grant is knocked unconscious. Grant hopes that he has not led Jefferson to question his faith, since religion is the only thing that people have when they know they are about to die.
When the man swings at Grant, he punches him in the testicles and hits him a few more times. The men make small talk, and Paul offers Grant his friendship. At first, he tells himself that he should let the men talk, rather than let them destroy his feeling of triumph with Jefferson. Grant expresses regret and shame that he was unable to walk with Jefferson to the electric chair, admitting that despite his pride, it turned out that Reverend Ambrose was actually stronger than him. Though Grant gains the upper hand, his opponent is so angry that he refuses to submit. Summary Grant visits , bringing him sweet potatoes.
This is a depressing conclusion, but also an empowering one: Grant realizes the value of what he has. He discovers that Claiborne, unable to stop the fight, knocked him out, and that Vivian brought him here to recover. In both novels, the raw, visceral experiences of an innocent are used to depict the evils of the wider world. Glossary gumbo a thick, hearty stew made with a variety of ingredients, such as meat, vegetables, and fish. Grant says Jefferson may not have possessions, but he still has love to give. GradeSaver, 31 July 2011 Web. Ambrose also says that lying is necessary in order to make life endurable and to help others, like Grant, make progress in the world.
Find textual evidence for your inferential claims. It is mid-afternoon when Grant arrives at the Rainbow Club. Jefferson does so, and then stays up all night writing about his fears and his attempts to stay strong. . But instead of merely defining these concepts in abstract terms, he defines them through example and analogy. He sits at the bar and orders a drink. Reverend Ambrose says he himself is found, for he understands that the black community needs the church in order to bear life in the racist South.