Eclipse of the White Myth of Supremacy in Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying
Ernest Gaines’s novel A Lesson Before Dying gives a strong expression to the eclipse of
white supremacy in the construction of antiblack stereotypes that forground the relations
between Whites and Blacks dotted with violence and injustice. That eclipse of the white myth
yields a double effect. First, it parallels the rise of the new Black who succesfully dismantles
the prevailing white myth ; secondly, it gives rise to hope for a brighter future.