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Theme Of Fear, Flight And Fate By Richard Wright

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In this paper I will discuss Richard Wright’s novel which was divided into three books, fear, flight, and fate. This novel was written about a young black named Bigger Thomas who lived in Chicago in the 1930’s. Bigger struggles with realizing limited opportunities and resisting, hating, and fearing. Bigger Thomas felt forced into a corner by discrimination as he felt frustrated by racism. Bigger later felt as if he had the power over the Caucasian population once he murdered a white woman and a white man. The murders that Bigger committed finally gave Bigger his meaning of life while he sat in jail but unfortunately it was too late and his crimes resulting in a trial and execution. Bigger and his family lived in a dingy rat infested…show more content…
Bigger expressed his anger with Gus as if he was mad at Gus for showing up late as Bigger never told Gus that he still went on and committed the robbery without him, and most of all that he killed a man. Bigger knew that the fear of robbing a white man had hold of him when he started the fight with Gus (wright, 42). When Bigger planned to rob the Blums that was only an act of rebellion against his oppression, fear is what dominates Biggers life. Fear that he cannot succeed in the real world is holding Bigger back. Even though bigger knows that he can do better in life he is scared to take a chance to make something of himself. Bigger is powerless against the white population because he believes that they have control over everything. The fear that is within him leads him to hurt his friends and even murder Mary Dalton. Throughout the book Bigger is overwhelmed by shame and fear and lashes out with violence, the only weapon he knows to use. Bigger wakes up one morning in his family’s cramped apartment on the South Side of the city and sees a huge rat scampering across the room, which he corners and kills with a skillet. Having grown up under the climate of harsh racial prejudice in 1930s Bigger is burdened with a powerful conviction that he has no control over in his life and has no desire to do anything other than have a low wage labor job. His mother…show more content…
Bigger escapes the massive manhunt for as long as he can, but he is eventually captured after a dramatic shoot-out. The press and the public determine his guilt and his punishment before his trial even began. The furious public assumes that he raped Mary before killing her and burned her body to hide the evidence of the rape. The white authorities and the white mob use Bigger’s crime as an excuse to terrorize the entire South Side.
Jan, Mary’s friend visits Bigger in jail and Bigger explains to Jan that the murder of Mary was an accident. Jan told Bigger she understands how he terrified, and ashamed through his violation of the social restrictions that govern tense race relations. Jan recruits her friend Boris A. Max, to defend Bigger free of charge. Jan and Boris A. Max speak with Bigger as a human being, and Bigger begins to see the white population differently as Bigger feels on their
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