Analysis of Richard Wrights Big Black Good Man

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RICHARD WRIGHT’S “BIG BLACK GOOD MAN”: AN ANALYSIS OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE MAIN CHARACTERS WHICH SUPPORTS THE THEME BY PROVIDING A THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW AND FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE Richard Wright wrote a short story called ‘Big Black Good Man” which was published three years after his death in 1958. The story portrays a way of life for people all over the world during a time when segregation was just a way of life that it was so instilled inside of you that all you know if you were born white is that you were born right and good and if you were born black you were primitive and dangerous. Richard Wright’s past works also portray a theme of suspense, fear and stereotypes. Richard Wrights “Big Black Good Man” is an analysis of the conflict between the main characters which supports the theme by providing a third person point of view, and figurative language. Throughout ‘Big Black Good Man,” the themes of racism through fear and ambiguity as well as alienation provide a portrait that Richard Wright painted that shows how the world was segregated but can overcome it by overcoming challenges. Richard Wright’s “Big Black Good Man” uses racism and ambiguity to further the theme that one should never provide judgement on another simply by looking at their physique. Richard Wright’s “Big Black Good Man” shares with much of Wright's fiction the theme of fear and alienation growing out of racial differences. “To Olaf, all men were men, but this particular black man… he just didn’t seem human.” This quote is at the beginning at of the story and it is the beginning of the tension building between the protagonist and the antagonist. This is also the beginning of where the audience can really get to know Olaf and the racism that is occurring through the world, even today. This shows a Man VS. Man situation because it shows how Olaf and Jim are being put against

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