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Hate and Racial Isues: Analysis of Three Short Stories

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said “the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” That being said, everyone has the capacity to be good and evil. The line is shared between all humans, proving that regardless of what is on the outside everyone is exactly the same on the inside. Being good and being evil is a part of human nature. However, the line between good and evil is easily blurred when one is the perpetrator or victim of hate, especially racial hate, which clouds ones judgment, eventually leading to violence and inevitably destruction. Long Black Song by Richard Wright exemplified how racial hate can overcome one’s heart and mind, blinding them of their true virtues, leading to violence. Silas had reason to believe that his wife, Sarah, had slept with the white salesman that had recently stopped by their home while Silas was out of town. Even after repeatedly explaining to Silas how it was not true, the idea of his wife sleeping with a white man was enough to fill Silas’ mind and heart with hate. Sarah knew trouble was coming when Silas had become enraged, playing out the scenario in her head where “white men killed the black and black men killed the white,”(Wright 1431), an inevitable violence and destruction that could not be avoided. Sarah then described the different reasons behind the violence as“White men killed the black men because they could, and the black men killed the white men to keep from being killed (Wright 1431).” Killing was a form of self-defense for blacks and a representation of power for whites. When the white men returned to Silas’ home to collect the payment for the graphophone, Silas pointed to the graphophone he had wrecked, laying in a jumbled heap on the ground. Sil... ... middle of paper ... ...d and evil that runs down the heart of all human beings is blurred by hatred, clouding ones judgment of good and evil, inevitably leading to violence, death and destruction of both whites and blacks. Works Cited Baldwin, James. "Notes of a Native Son." 1955. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Nellie Y. McKay. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004. 1713-27. Print. Toomer, Jean. "Blood-Burning Moon." 1923. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Nellie Y. McKay. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004. 1186-91. Print. Wright, Richard. "Long Black Song." 1938. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Nellie Y. McKay. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004. 1419-36. Print.
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