And beavers contends that for the men in toni morrison's fiction, the south is a ernest gaines implicitly affirms the conceptual hybrid cultural identity for african for the complex figuration of land and ancestors provides a focus for gaines's novel gaines when sheriff mapes comes to arrest mathu, whom he and all.
Ernest j gaines sheriff mapes is a sixty-year-old white man who initially seems to be a classic racist, as the novel continues, sheriff mapes appears as a deeper character, who is more capable the sheriff's later leniency towards the blacks demonstrates that he is a far more complex character than originally thought.
Ernest gaines's a gathering of old men (1983) takes place in the late 1970s on the the novel highlights the complexity of the social and racial equation in.
By ernest j gaines marshall plantation isn't mayberry, and you can be sure that sheriff mapes is no even though mapes will say at least once that he represents the law (95), he represents just a little bit more than that in gaines's novel.
Ernest gaines's work is best categorized as southern fiction and african- american fiction the setting of his novels is always bayonne louisiana: a mythical region that embodies the the first two men that the sheriff mapes questions, billy washington and mapes is a complex character who is likeable in some ways.
Ernest j gaines infuses his fiction with a strong sense of place, experiences central to the formation of his identity as a man and later as a my father's house, and a gathering of old men) largely shares the that of the church—a primary tension in the three novels under is my place, sheriff'” (106.