Bigger Argumentative Essay

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I choose this quote to focus on because I feel in properly ties together Bigger 's actions in the story and Richard 's Wright 's ultimate motive. This is said by Max, the defendant lawyer for Bigger during the trial. I was turned off by this quote and other ways Wright used Bigger 's upbringing to justify his murders. Bigger lives in a small, rodent infected apartment in south side Chicago crowded among his other family members. It is a reality that he did not get to choose, he was born into this social status. We are thought that America is the land of opportunity, where you can make dreams happen. In Bigger 's case, he cannot strive for success because he lives in a world where the whites dominate and do not take a black man like him seriously. …show more content…
Like when Bigger refers to whites has a external force who has stripped him of his opportunities, I sometimes share the same feelings when I face discrimination, particularly in a education/job setting. If the story was just based on following Bigger 's angry outbursts, such as the one against Gus at the beginning, he may had been a characters that could be rooted for. However, the way Bigger 's murders are handled seem way too vulgar for my liking. When he decapitates Mary and stuffs her down the furnace and sleeps peacefully the same night, it makes me wonder if there is character flaws within Bigger that goes way beyond racial conflicts. Bigger 's mental stability was brought into question during our class discussion last week, with many of us believing he was bipolar or suffered mental retardation. I cannot really go into depth about Bigger 's mental health, I can only infer that he has suffered deep issue his whole …show more content…
Wright writes Bigger has a character who is psychologically damaged by racial propaganda. In the movies that Bigger watches, blacks are depicted has savage animals while whites are painted has successful and wealthy. Bigger 's belligerence throughout the novel stems from hatred of the evil force that is playing against his life, this force he considers to be all whites. Bigger 's image of white people makes him immediately mistrust Mary and Jan when he went to the restaurant. The oppressors in the story seems to be oblivious of their actions; such as Dalton who claims to support “people like Bigger,” but forces black tenants to live in poor ghetto conditions, as opposed to nicer

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