A Lesson Before Dying

What is the lesson before dying that Gaines shares with his readers?

From the book A Lesson before Dying by Ernest Gaines

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The lesson in "A Lesson Before Dying" is to become a man; to stand up for what you believe; that one man can make a difference. While the condemned man, Jefferson, does learn to become a man not a "hog", it is Grant Wiggins, his teacher, who ultimately learns how to become a "man".