When Thomas awakes the next morning it takes him a little until he is fully conscious and remembers that he had to complete his plan by taking the trunk to the station. Before Thomas could finish packing up his clothes his mother called for him. “He sucked his breath in and whirled about, his eye glaring.” (Wright 100) He shows how on edge he is by jumping to her call. Thomas goes on to arguing about the time he got home. “I know when I got in, Ma” “But, Bigger, it was after four.” “It was just a little after two.” (Wright 100) It was when Thomas was sitting at the table did he begin to feel that his actions were justified and it made him feel powerful:
The thought of what he had done, the awful horror of it, the daring associated with such
actions, formed for him for the first time in his fear-ridden life a barrier of protection
between him and a world he feared. He had murdered and had created a new life for
himself. It was something that was all his own, and it was the first time in his life he
had had anything that others could not take from him. (Wright 105)
Thomas feels that ever since he murdered Mary he is no ...
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...und and it had been a black man that shot a white man the black man would probably face even more time. Also the verdict would have not just taken such a short period of time to come up with. However, because the officer was white it was not taken as seriously as it should have. It is reasons like this why people react in such dangerous ways and it is why there were riots and why Thomas murdered Mary.
Thomas plays on the fact that everyone around him is blind. They are unable to see what he has done and what he is doing in order to cover his tracks. His actions leave him feeling powerful and unstoppable. From the time he murdered Mary he has become a new person and uses his fear and angry to justify his actions. Thomas can be looked at as an intelligent murderer because he is able to use prejudice comments and stereotypes to his advantage.
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