Set on a plantation in the 1940′s, A Lesson Before Dying is a remarkably touching story that highlights the lack of justice during that time (even though the justice system today has a long way to go). But what I enjoyed the most is that although it is about a black man being wrongfully accused of murder, it doesn’t necessarily focus on just that. We learn, through Ernest J. Gaines, about love, religion and family. But most importantly, we learn how important it is to stay true to yourself. To never give someone else the opportunity to take and shatter your personal dignity; that you came into this world alone and, unavoidably, you will leave the exact same way.