He did not know until then that there were white women who would take a man with a black skin. He stayed sick for two years (...) He was in the north now, in Chicago and then Detroit” (Faulkner 225). Joe had to run to escape the racism of the South, mainly because of the judgment coming from society that disagrees with the relationship of Joe and Miss Burden. An apparent, black man involved in a sexual relationship with a white woman is frowned upon within the South, which causes Joe to flee. This tires Joe, forces him to depression, and adds insult to injury in his harsh situation; mostly caused by the racial prejudices found within the South.
Bigger is fiercely upset and angry that his family has to live in a one room apartment where the brothers have to hide their faces of the shame the sister, Vera and mother, Ms. Thomas would cause. He has been restricted due to the fact that he has only completed the eighth grade and racism in the practice of real estate forcing the Thomas family to live in poverty. The narrator states, “He shut their voices out of his mind. He hated his family because he knew that they were suffering and that he was powerless to help them. He kn... ... middle of paper ... ... novel symbols were used to show how during the 1930s African American people were not granted the opportunity of the American Dream.
All of this happens because Bigger is afraid. Bigger faces fear all throughout the story and his fear comes from him feeling that white people are out to oppress him and he can not doing anything about it. Richard Wright uses Bigger in his story to show how society of that time period put fear into black society. Bigger’s fear is what takes him down the path of the dooms which eventually causes him to harm, his friends, other black people, and kill to young girls one being his girlfriend and the other the daughter of his employer.
In addition, he is also increasingly violent - beginning with the apathetic attitude towards his own family and developing all the way until murder. These are some characteristics that can be seen all throughout the novel, from beginning to end. His lack of education is evident in his simplistic speech and inability to sometimes string together grammatically correct sentences. This can be inferred is the reason as to why he is “degraded” to what was considered a lowly job - a servant for the white people whom he resented so much. Furthermore, we have examples of this resentment throughout several conversations within the book, such as near the beginning he is discussing career options with Gus and exclaims, “they don’t let us do nothing”.
Bigger is a pitiful product of American imperialism and exploitation. Bigger embodies one of humankind’s greatest tragedies of how mass oppression pervades all aspects of the lives of the oppressed as well as the oppressor, creating a complex world of misunderstanding, ignorance, pain, and suffering. Wright eloquently exploits this theme of racism and allows the reader to truly feel how the pressure and racism affects the feelings, thoughts, self-image, and life of a black person. Bigger Thomas is a twenty year old black man who lives in a cramped, rat- infested apartment with his family. Already from the beginning it can be seen his inadequacy through his home life and other actions.
Bigger often finds himself lashing out as a way to handle his own fear. He is afraid of not being able to help his family enough and so treats them harshly, holding “toward them an attitude of iron reserve” (10). He is afraid of holding up Blum, a white man, and so projects his own fear onto Gus. He berates him for it, calling him “‘yellow’” when he hesitates to take the job (26). Bigger has been so psychologically beat down in his own community and trained to believe that he is a lesser person that he even feels the need to get ahead amongst his own friends, fighting Gus to “feel the equal” of him (41).
For example, Scout is harassed and becomes the target of insults when her father decides to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. This is a plajurized essay. The hate felt towards black people by the majority of the Maycomb citizens causes them to bother and harass those who attempt to befriend the black people. Forgive me for stealing this essay. Scout realizes that the only reason she must undergo this torment is that her father is defending a black man, which has become taboo because of the corruption that racism has caused in many people.
The mindset of the Invisible Man that infuriates readers, is the effect of White America’s attempt to hold down Black people and not allow them to form their own identity and path. The same frustration that resides there, symbolizes the internal frustration the protagonist constantly faces. Generations of mistreatment created this mental locke, which generated numerous struggles for the protagonist and
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.
These such forces have impacted his life dramatically so we see the effect it has on him. These impacts include him not having enough money to support his family, and him not becoming what he dreams of; an aviator. These all are “economic and racial forces he can’t control.” (Butler) Himes gave us another perception to look at. He says that Wright writes the book so that in order to “prevent us from feeling pity for Bigger, he forced us to confront the hopelessness, misery and injustice of the society that gave birth to him” (Himes) What can we do now but to blame the transgressors, which is the community itself.