Shorty is the young black boy who gets beat by the white people and jokes about it. Richard hates Shorty because he accepts what Richard finds so disgusting. Richard goes over in his mind the different choices he can make to deal with the feelings he has. Richard does not want to “give in” and be a slave to the white people. He would never give in and become a slave because he has hated that idea since day one.
To be deprived of freedom and living under constant whippings and starvation is something none of us would want to experience and it should never exist, unfortunately, it did at one time. Men who called themselves the defender of freedom and support The Constitution but enjoy slavery are nothing more than a mere hypocrite. Additionally, many slaves were illiterate and poor. Their owners will do anything in preventing their slaves to read and write. As Douglas heard his master once said:If you teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him.
The sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, focuses on the journey of Huck, the friend of Tom, as he travels the South with an escaped slave, Jim. Throughout the novel, racism and classism appear as intertwined themes of his journey. Slavery was commonplace in the antebellum South, when the story takes place, but the book beautifully illustrates how even the people who couldn't afford slaves could be the harshest to the imprisoned. Huck's father, deemed Pap, exemplifies the deleterious effects of the white social classism in the South. Being lowest of the low, Pap turns to abuse the blacks, the only people lower than him in terms of rank.
IM realizes that the anonymous letter he received to slow his process was from Brother Jack, leader of his Brotherhood Chapter. The letter says “do not forget if you get too big they will cut you down. You are from the South and you know that this is a white man’s world” (Ellison 383). The letter tells IM to slow his pace because he could become too big for the Brotherhood to handle. The letter from Brother Jack persuades IM into thinking that because of his identity as a black man, he cannot succeed in the current society.
THE DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF RACISM ON BIGGER THOMAS THESIS: Bigger Thomas represents the black man’s condition and his revolt against the injustices of the white caste society. When one looks at the contribution of blacks in the world of American literature, Richard Wright is considered one of the great contributors. Truly one of his books which highlights the black’s view of American society has to be Native Son. In Native Son, Richard Wright creates the characterization of “native sons” who are products of American civilization. From his own life experience, he portrays in Bigger Thomas a combination of character traits that illustrate persons who have lost meaning in their lives.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses Jim as the moral center of the story to depict the hardships, racial obstacles, and stereotypes that blacks endured during the era of American slavery. Dating back to the 1600’s and during the harsh cruelty of the American slave era comes the inspiring story of a black man in search of a new start. Among many other slaves, Jim is brought to an unjust, nefarious reality as he endures the oppression of racial discrimination. Throughout American history, many blacks grew up constantly bearing the unforgiving rancor of whites. A discriminating social system emerged, establishing white supremacy.
All Jim wants to do is find his family and for white men to tear families apart like that is just cruel and heartless. I think that American's history of us enslaving black people is downright embarrassing and we should be ashamed to do that to another human being - it is just wrong. I think Jim is such an interesting character and has a horrible past. I like how Jim and Huck have this new friendship and it is so unlikely. They traveled at nighttime so they could go unseen by other people who would catch Jim and Huck trying to escape from their past.
However, he wants to do it anonymously because society does not tolerate people who decry slavery, “people would call me a low down Ablitionist” (Twain 55). Huck’s view of Jim is influenced by society stereotypes of what a black person is: superstitious, inferior, and with no emotion. But time and time again, Jim expresses sorrow for being separated from his family, “He was setting there with his head down betwixt his knees, moaning and mourning to himself. . .
Bigger appears to have dreams of doing better and making something of his future but is torn because he is constantly being pulled into his dangerous and troublesome lifestyle. Bigger is consumed with fear and anger for whites because racism has limited his options in life and has subjected him and his family into poverty stricken communities with little hope for change. The protagonist is ashamed of his families’ dark situation and is afraid of the control whites have over his life. His lack of control over his life makes him violent and depressed, which makes Bigger further play into the negative stereotypes that put him into the box of his expected role in a racist society. Wright beautifully displays the struggle that blacks had for identity and the anger blacks have felt because of their exclusion from society.