Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Degree Program

English Teaching

Department

English

Major Professor

Earle Bryant (Co-Major Professor)

Second Advisor

Kris Lackey (Co-Major Professor)

Third Advisor

Daniel Doll

Abstract

According to Ernest Gaines‘ personal experiences as a Southerner, without addressing the history of slavery, the quest for human dignity becomes meaningless. The discourses and the ideologies of the characters in AGathering of Old Men represent a call for social change. A Gathering of Old Men is however, more than just a novel about whites dominating blacks; it is a novel about the fight for humanity in spite of the threat of a new social order. The social repercussions of slavery and the denial of black manhood are central issues in A Gathering of Old Men, but Gaines also exhibits ways in which the demand for a social change in our society can bring about racial harmony.

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