A gathering of Old Men Essay

This essay has a total of 311 words and 2 pages.

A gathering of Old Men

A Gathering of Old Men (1983 Knopf Edition) In the novel A Gathering of Old Men, Ernest J.
Gaines, portrays the Novel through the eyes of individual narrators involved on the events
of the day. The novel focuses on a group of cowardly black men who finally stop running
and stand up for themselves for their years of suffering. In the bayou country of deepest
Louisiana, in the late 1970s, a Cajun farmer is found shot dead. At the scene there is one
young white woman and about 18 old black men, each holding a shotgun. The sheriff is
pretty sure who killed the white guy, hardly any of the old fellows standing around could
hit the side of a barn. But the Sheriff's interrogations, punctuated by slaps and threats,
fail to crack or resolve their conflicting and confusing stories. Every single one claims
guilt, though the dead man was killed with but one shot, and they promise a riot at the
courthouse if the sheriff makes an arrest. Meanwhile, they wait for the inevitable lynch
mob that is sure to be organized by the family and buddies of the deceased. By the climax
of the story, everyone's learned a little something, especially the beaten old black men
who get a taste of their own power and courage. There is great difference between the
narration of the black people and white people. The black men grow through the novel and
become individuals and depict their inner pain. The Cajuns do not see nor realize the
years of pain and guilt that the black men have carried with them. The story illustrates
two worlds, the inner world is the life in Marshall Quarters, the old black men and their
family; the outer world being everything outside the Quarters, Fix, the Cajuns, and even
the white people.

Continues for 1 more page >>




  • A modernday revolution American turmoil in the 196
    A modernday revolution American turmoil in the 1960s Hubert Humphrey once stated, “When we say, ‘One nation under God, with liberty and justice for all,’ we are talking about all people. We either ought to believe it or quit saying it” (Hakim 111). During the 1960’s, a great number of people did, in fact, begin to believe it. These years were a time of great change for America. The country was literally redefined as people from all walks of life fought to uphold their standards on what they beli
  • Education and Egalitarianism in America
    Education and Egalitarianism in America The American educator Horace Mann once said: "As an apple is not in any proper sense an apple until it is ripe, so a human being is not in any proper sense a human being until he is educated." Education is the process through which people endeavor to pass along to their children their hard-won wisdom and their aspirations for a better world. This process begins shortly after birth, as parents seek to train the infant to behave as their culture demands. The
  • The Transatlantic Slave
    The Transatlantic Slave Transatlantic Slave Trade From the 1520s to the 1860s an estimated 11 to 12 million African men, women, and children were forcibly embarked on European vessels for a life of slavery in the Western Hemisphere. Many more Africans were captured or purchased in the interior of the continent but a large number died before reaching the coast. About 9 to 10 million Africans survived the Atlantic crossing to be purchased by planters and traders in the New World, where they worked
  • American indians
    american indians American Indians Indians in eastern North America possessed no alcohol at the beginning of the colonial period. By 1800, so much alcohol flowed through the Indian villages east of the Mississippi that each community were forced to decide to take it or not and they made a tragic choice by taking it because it destroyed their cultural. The Indians who drank did so to the point of intoxication enjoyed the experience they got from it. If Indians chose to drink out of frustration and
  • Aztec Culture
    Aztec Culture Aztec Nation By: DJ XTC The Aztec Nation A distant sound is heard. It sounds like a deep drum being hit with a heavy instrument. You hear it again and strain your eyes in the direction of the sound. All around you is dense jungle. Snakes slither between your legs. You hear the sound once again. In front of you is a dense stand of ferns. You part them and look down into a wide open valley. The valley gets so wide and it is so green that it takes your breath away. But that is not wha
  • Aztec Culture1
    Aztec Culture1 Aztec Nation By: DJ XTC The Aztec Nation A distant sound is heard. It sounds like a deep drum being hit with a heavy instrument. You hear it again and strain your eyes in the direction of the sound. All around you is dense jungle. Snakes slither between your legs. You hear the sound once again. In front of you is a dense stand of ferns. You part them and look down into a wide open valley. The valley gets so wide and it is so green that it takes your breath away. But that is not wh
  • Colonialism
    Colonialism The Tiger and The Virgin Colonialism has often spread to areas where it is economically valuable for the colonizer to develop. South America was one of these places. First came the Spanish for gold, then for rubber. As colonization took place two cultures met, thinking they were opposites, but in reality they were very much connected to one another, their histories were now tied together. In considering the question of how Indians have developed their healing practices and spiritual
  • Gender profiling of San Sherpas Yanomamo
    Gender profiling of San Sherpas Yanomamo 1. Gender inequality San Women’s status in Sun community is very high and their influence considerable. They maintain a status that is higher than that women in many societies in the world. Although women may be nearly equal to men, men do seem to have the upper hand. There is no prerogative in relation to the important sources of influence in San society. Since there is no formal leaders or hierarchies, decisions are made on the basis of group consensus.
  • William Wallace the True Story
    William Wallace the True Story William Wallace: What is the True Story? For generations, William Wallace has been a hero to Scotland and a patron of freedom. After Mel Gibson’s portrayal of Wallace in the award winning movie, Braveheart, there was a dramatic rise in the popularity and recognition of the Scottish hero. The story of William Wallace has been passed down through many different generations. These generations include people of English, Scottish, and Irish decent, a few among many. All
  • 12 angery men
    12 angery men 12 Angry Men Paper The jury member I chose to do my paper on was Mr. Davis (the member who voted not guilty first), because he used many task messages, did not allow physical factors to affect his decisions, and was a successful emergent leader at some points in the case.These three points made Mr. Davis a very effective communicator. Using task messages made Davis effective because he kept the group moving along towards it¡¯s goal. Not allowing physical factors into his decisions
  • Hamlet Summary
    Hamlet Summary HAMLET SUMMARY OF THE PLAY Act I, Scene i: The play begins on the outer ramparts of Elsinore castle. It is late and Bernardo, a guard, is on duty waiting for Francisco to relieve him from his watch. Bernardo is nervous because the previous two nights he and Francisco have seen a figure who appears to be the ghost of the recently deceased king wandering around. Francisco approaches, accompanied by Horatio (Hamlet\'s only friend and confident). Even though Horatio dismisses the idea
  • Nisa
    Nisa In this paper I am going to discuss the book Nisa The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman, by Marjorie Shostak. In doing this I will describe the culture of the !Kung people, a small hunter-gatherer tribe in Africa. Then I will go on with telling about their sociocultural systems that I have read about in this book. To rap things up I will tell my prediction where the !Kung population is headed into the future. I will use explanations from the book to help me describe my prediction. !Kung cultu
  • The Awakening1
    The Awakening1 The Relationship of The Awakening and Creole Society In The Awakening, Kate Chopin brings out the essence of through the characters of her novel. In this novel Edna Pontellier faces many problems because she is an outcast from society. As a result of her isolation from society she has to learn to fit in and deal with her problems. This situation causes her to go through a series of awakenings that help her find herself, but this also causes problems with her husband because she lo
  • Where The Red Fern Grows
    Where The Red Fern Grows "I was walking along whistling when I heard the dogfight", Billy starts the story. He rescued an old redbone hound dog and took it home. This brought memories back to his mind. It all happened over 50 years ago. This is a story about friendship between two coon hounds and a boy named Billy Colman. Billy is ten years old and lives in the Ozark Mountains. He had long straw-colored hair that was shaggy. He wore patched and faded coveralls. Billy did not wear shoes during th
  • Where The Red Fern Grows
    Where The Red Fern Grows "I was walking along whistling when I heard the dogfight", Billy starts the story. He rescued an old redbone hound dog and took it home. This brought memories back to his mind. It all happened over 50 years ago. This is a story about friendship between two coon hounds and a boy named Billy Colman. Billy is ten years old and lives in the Ozark Mountains. He had long straw-colored hair that was shaggy. He wore patched and faded coveralls. Billy did not wear shoes during th
  • All Quiet on the Western fron
    All Quiet on the Western fron Chapter 1 The chapter begins with German soldiers at rest after fourteen days of fierce battle on the Western Front. A double ration of food has been prepared so the soldiers are eating their fill. Paul Baumer, the protagonist and narrator of the novel, watches in amazement as his friends, Tjaden and Muller, eat another helping; he wonders where Tjaden puts all the food, for he is as thin as a rail. Baumer is only nineteen years of age. He enlisted in the German inf
  • Attitudes to war and how
    Attitudes to war and how Attitudes to war and how they Developed Wilfred Owen and Alfred Lord Tennyson both wrote well known poetry about war. Their poems were written in different centuries and they clearly illustrate the changing attitude to war These three poems are all describing the ups and downs of war. The one author saying how war is such a great thing and how brave the soldiers were. The other author saying how terrible war is, illustrating the death and injuries. In Tennyson’s poem, be
  • Canterbury Tales
    Canterbury Tales Throughout history all different parts of the world have been devastated by natural disasters. Whenever something created by nature destroys a certain area of the world, people tend to group together and overcome such a tragedy. Our tale will begin in one of the busiest and diverse places in the world, New York City. The month was September and the day started off a bit chilly for an early fall day and the wind was blowing hard. Warnings had been posted for possible hurricane co
  • Shabath Dinner
    Shabath Dinner THE SHABBAT DINNER The Israeli family is not an ordinary American family no matter how Americanized the kids feel. In most American families, with a teenager involved a Friday night is a detached night from the family. You ask just about any teenager what they do on a Friday night and they will say, “Party” or “Hang out with friends”. On the other hand the family-dinner that my parents and I went to was at our friend’s house and like most Israeli families they to spend Friday nigh
  • Symbolism in Young Goodman Brown2
    Symbolism in Young Goodman Brown2 In "Young Goodman Brown" Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism and irony to illustrate the theme of man, oblivious that sin is an inescapable part of human nature, attempting to escape from sin. The idea that mankind is perfectible, or perhaps that good Puritans are without imperfection, seems to dominate the worldview of Hawthorne\'s Puritan everyman, Young Goodman Brown. His naive ideas are contrasted against the vision of profound betrayal in the forest to creat
  • Theme and its Importance
    Theme and its Importance November 13th, 2000 Short Story Final Exam Essay The Role of Theme in three stories Theme is the principal phrase or idea behind a story. It plays an important role in the notable accomplishment of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, “The Open Boat” written by Stephen Crane, and “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison. Each of these stories portray an important and powerful theme which is a valuable contribution to the success of each work. “The Lottery” is a story about human sacr
  • WERE THE RED FERN GROWS
    WERE THE RED FERN GROWS "I was walking along whistling when I heard the dogfight", Billy starts the story. He rescued an old redbone hound dog and took it home. This brought memories back to his mind. It all happened over 50 years ago. This is a story about friendship between two coon hounds and a boy named Billy Colman. Billy is ten years old and lives in the Ozark Mountains. He had long straw-colored hair that was shaggy. He wore patched and faded coveralls. Billy did not wear shoes during the
  • Hitler and Stalin
    Hitler and Stalin Inna Sokolyanskaya Mr. Resnick H4G-07 Due 05.30.00 During the period leading up to World War II, there were two famous dictators who were on opposing sides, yet had similar records. These men were Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. They were each triumphant in their rise to power in their countries and they were very comparable in the ways that they succeeded. Their success was mostly attributed to their new ideas and their politics. Although Hitler and Stalin hated each other, t
  • The Role of Propaganda in the Nazi Takeover
    The Role of Propaganda in the Nazi Takeover The Role of Propaganda in the Nazi Takeover When one thinks of the term "propaganda", what comes to mind? Would it bring a positive response? Would it bring a negative response? When one thinks of "propaganda" in association with the Holocaust, what comes to mind? A positive response or a negative response? Most likely a negative response. Why is "propaganda" any different from what any political party or regime does, namely to disseminate its views? I
  • Ethnic Residential Segregation The Solidarity of T
    Ethnic Residential Segregation The Solidarity of The Group ETHNIC RESIDENTIAL SEGREGATION: THE SOLIDARITY OF THE GROUP The urban metropolis and its function in society cannot be understood without studying its composition as a city of immigrants, their newcomer families and friends and the ties that bind them. By overlooking the ethnic culture and networks of the city\'s immigrants, the study of the urban centre is at best a futile effort. Ethnic tendencies and particularly ethnic residential se
  • Juvenile Psycopaths
    Juvenile Psycopaths Juvenile Psychopaths What is the "super predator"? He or she are young hypercriminals who are committing acts of violence of unprecedentedcoldness and brutality. This newest phenomena in the world of crime is perhaps the most dangerous challenge facing society and law enforcement ever. While psychopaths are not new, this breed of super criminal exceeds the scope of psychopathic behavior. They are younger, more brutal, and completely unafraid of the law. While current research
  • TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME (TSS) was discovered almost 2
    tss TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME (TSS) was discovered almost 20 years ago. At first no one knew what was causing it, although it was quickly linked with "superabsorbent" tampons (which are no longer on the market). Eventually researchers discovered that a poison produced by a type of bacteria known as Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for TSS. Some theorized that tampons may produce small ulcerations, which allow bacteria to enter the body. Another theory is that stagnating blood within or behind the
  • Adolf Hitler3
    Adolf Hitler3 I am writing this report on Adolf Hitler, who would one day lead a movement that would change the world. Adolf Hitler was born in the small Austrian village of Braunau Am Inn on April 20, 1889. Adolf’s father, Aolis, was born in 1837. Aolis had always used the last name of his mother, Schicklgruber. After some years his uncle convinced him to change his last name to Hiedler, to continue the family name. When it was time to write the name down in the record book it was spelled Hitle
  • An Interview with Jane Reynolds about the Depressi
    An Interview with Jane Reynolds about the Depression The depression of the 1930s was a major event in many American\'s lives. It left them with little money, and even fewer resources. The country had to bind together to get through rough times, and each person was struggling to live individually. Enter Jane Reynolds, a 76 year old woman whose memories of the depression are surprisingly happy. Her family was very lucky in that her father owned a used car lot in Salt Lake City, a steady job that p
  • An Interview with Jane Reynolds about the Depressi
    An Interview with Jane Reynolds about the Depression1 The depression of the 1930s was a major event in many American\'s lives. It left them with little money, and even fewer resources. The country had to bind together to get through rough times, and each person was struggling to live individually. Enter Jane Reynolds, a 76 year old woman whose memories of the depression are surprisingly happy. Her family was very lucky in that her father owned a used car lot in Salt Lake City, a steady job that
  • Battle of Gettysburg
    Battle of Gettysburg Introduction: Driving through Gettysburg people see statues and marking at different sites, if you’re do not know much history you would still know that these markings are a symbols of fallen soldiers. These soldiers never really needed to die but the North and South could not work out their differences peacefully which caused a great war in U.S. history, The Civil War. One of the biggest battles fought during the Civil war took place in the small city of Gettysburg. The bat
  • Battle of Gettysburg
    Battle of Gettysburg Introduction: Driving through Gettysburg people see statues and marking at different sites, if you’re do not know much history you would still know that these markings are a symbols of fallen soldiers. These soldiers never really needed to die but the North and South could not work out their differences peacefully which caused a great war in U.S. history, The Civil War. One of the biggest battles fought during the Civil war took place in the small city of Gettysburg. The bat
  • Egyptian Civilization
    Egyptian Civilization The Egyptian Civilization Egyptian civilization formed along the Nile river and the earliest traces of human life in that region are from the Paleolithic Age, (Old Stone Age), about 300,000 B.C., at the very edges of the Nile Valley. Beyond, on both sides of the river the land was and still is desert. At that time the people moved from place to place, ate berries, roots, and any animals they could find, but stood close to their lifeline, the Nile. The lands along the Nile w
  • Fredrick Douglass2
    Fredrick Douglass2 Frederick Douglass "Abolitionist/Editor" A biography of the life of Frederick Douglass by Sandra Thomas -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Frederick Douglass was one of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement, which fought to end slavery within the United States in the decades prior to the Civil War. A brilliant speaker, Douglass was asked by the American Anti-Slavery Society to engage in a tour of lectures, and so became
  • JFK Assassination1
    JFK Assassination1 On November 22, 1963, shots rang out in Dealey Plaza that would change our country forever. As our 35th president was killed, a country began mourning the death of one of its great visionaries, a man who believed in peace and racial equality, a man unlike any leader before him. The assassination of John F. Kennedy was one of the most tragic events in our nation’s history, but as horrific as the shooting itself were the lies which were told to the American people in the afterma
  • The Battle Of Gettysburg
    The Battle Of Gettysburg Introduction: Driving through Gettysburg people see statues and marking at different sites, if you’re do not know much history you would still know that these markings are a symbols of fallen soldiers. These soldiers never really needed to die but the North and South could not work out their differences peacefully which caused a great war in U.S. history, The Civil War. One of the biggest battles fought during the Civil war took place in the small city of Gettysburg. The
  • The Change of Society
    The Change of Society As we look for a new way to live our lives, we constantly look back to remind ourselves of the way things used to be. Western culture as we know it today, did not start off as it is now, and it certainly is not going to remain the same for very long. Change has always seemed to be the human beings way of life. We strive to find something different and more effective. As we look onto the Pre Modern, Modern, and Post Modern societies we can see that there have been drastic ch
  • The iroquois and the US constitution
    The iroquois and the US constitution Nothing is so fundamental yet so important to the freedoms we enjoy as Americans as the United States Constitution, which guarantees our right to do and say as we please so long as it does no harm. The Iroquois Federation preamble describes the purpose of the government set up by the government in their statements the emphasis is placed on perfect peace for the welfare of the people. Their focus was fighting for, the liberty of the people. Among the Indian na
  • The napoleonic era
    the napoleonic era Napoleon Bonaparte was a significant man who was regarded as a person who was responsible for many historic events that would reshape France and Europe during the late 18th and early 19th century. He has been portrayed as a merciless leader, fearing little that stood in his way. Napoleon led his army in this fashion for nearly 20 years, literally changing the face of Europe and of his people. Around 1814, however, Napoleon\'s reign was to cease; Napoleon\'s empire began to col
  • Things Fall Apart1
    Things Fall Apart1 The Ibo society in Africa is very different from the American society that I am used to. One of the major differences is the way women are treated. On page 37 of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo conveys that “no matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and children (and especially his women) he was not really a man.” On page 94 Okonkwo’s uncle says “we all know that a man is the head of the family and his wives do his bidding.” This shows
  • Kama Sutra
    Kama Sutra PREFACE IN the literature of all countries there will be found a certain number of works treating especially of love. Everywhere the subject is dealt with differently, and from various points of view. In the present publication it is proposed to give a complete translation of what is considered the standard work on love in Sanscrit literature, and which is called the \'Vatsyayana Kama Sutra\', or Aphorisms on Love, by Vatsyayana. While the introduction will deal with the evidence conc
  • What is markeitng
    what is markeitng MARKETING-1L1 WHAT IS MARKETING DEFINTION OF AMA: 1-identifing the wants and needs of the consumer and coordinately create products to satisfy these needs profitably and efficiently. 2- process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, place (distribution), ideas, goals and services to create exchanges that satisfy objectives. HISTORY OF MARKETING: PHASE 1: This was the production-oriented period. There were few products and many customers (demand * supply).
  • Angelsa Ashes
    Angelsa Ashes The Making of a Masterpiece When a critically acclaimed Irish writer wins numerous literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, for an autobiography, one becomes intrigued as to what made this man\'s life so interesting. Everyone has heard the rags-to-riches story of the poor boy that grows up to become a success. Frank McCourt defines his own level of despair when the introduction to Contemporary Literary Criticisms says, "McCourt\'s childhood was so bleak and impoverished that
  • Gender profiling of San Sherpas Yanomamo
    Gender profiling of San Sherpas Yanomamo 1. Gender inequality San Women’s status in Sun community is very high and their influence considerable. They maintain a status that is higher than that women in many societies in the world. Although women may be nearly equal to men, men do seem to have the upper hand. There is no prerogative in relation to the important sources of influence in San society. Since there is no formal leaders or hierarchies, decisions are made on the basis of group consensus.
  • History of the NFL
    History of the NFL The Beginning of the N.F.L” The year was 1920 and pro-football was in a state of confusion. The three main problems that led to all the confusion were, salaries rising, players jumping from team to team and the use of players still enrolled in college. So, on August 20, 1920, a group of men representing the four current pro teams met. When the day was done the American Professional Football Conference was born. The A.P.F.C. was formed to make one governing body over pro footba
  • Jesus
    Jesus Jesus was considered the greatest man who ever lived. A carpenter’s son with no wealth and little education, he stands as the dominant figure of Western Civilization and towers over all world history (web 1). The explanation for his execution has been discussed for a very long time. The two major historical explanations are that he died to atone for humanity’s sins and that Romans did not want Jesus to have the power they knew he capable of obtaining. This is what the followers of Christ h
  • Jesus1
    Jesus1 Jesus was considered the greatest man who ever lived. A carpenter’s son with no wealth and little education, he stands as the dominant figure of Western Civilization and towers over all world history (web 1). The explanation for his execution has been discussed for a very long time. The two major historical explanations are that he died to atone for humanity’s sins and that Romans did not want Jesus to have the power they knew he capable of obtaining. This is what the followers of Christ
  • Jesus
    Jesus Jesus was considered the greatest man who ever lived. A carpenter’s son with no wealth and little education, he stands as the dominant figure of Western Civilization and towers over all world history (web 1). The explanation for his execution has been discussed for a very long time. The two major historical explanations are that he died to atone for humanity’s sins and that Romans did not want Jesus to have the power they knew he capable of obtaining. This is what the followers of Christ h
  • Kate Chopin The Stor
    Kate Chopin The Stor In Kate Chopin\'s short story "The Storm", the narrative surrounds the brief extramarital affair of two individuals, Calixta and Alcée. Many critics do not see the story as a condemnation of infidelity, but rather as an affirmation of human sexuality. This essay argues that "The Storm" may be interpreted as a specific affirmation of feminine sexuality and passion conjoined with a condemnation of its repression by the constraints of society. If one is to attempt to interpret
  • Links between Ireland and Australia
    Links between Ireland and Australia "Second star on the right…" I can remember it like it was just yesterday. It was the mid-eighties and I was just an awe-stricken young eight-year-old as I accompanied my aunt to Shannon Airport. She was the second of my relations that was travelling to spend a summer in Australia and I can still remember the look in her eyes as we saw her off. To me, she exuded an air of nervous anticipation, tinged with the excitement of what was no doubt going to be one of t