The Evil in Richard Wright’s “Between the World and Me” Essay

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The Evil in Richard Wright’s “Between the World and Me” What is a rope? It’s a thing that established the rank, constraint the soul, and destroyed the lives. In Richard Wright’s enriching poem “Between the World and Me” (1935), a lynching is depicted and greatly astonished and influenced the speaker. Through the use of structure, religious symbolization, and diction, Wright successfully establishes the indignation that danced among the words. Structure is a great component in the poem. The poem’s structure channeled bountiful information regard the complex emotions within the narrator. The poem started with the word “and” and followed the word “suddenly.” A time sequence is suggested here. It is believed that the speaker tells his …show more content…
The echo shows the horrific scenes that are being imagined by the narrator. He believed the remains are coming back alive and chastise him. From this point, the speaker lost his credibility, thus, he is greatly disturbed.
While the structure gave much evidences to the terrify narrator; however the religious symbolization in the poem illustrated the lament and resent of the speaker. He stated that "There was a charred stump of a sapling pointing a blunt finger accusingly at the sky." By personify the sapling as finger that pointed at the sky, it clarifies that the unknown man and the nature were bound together. Both of them were humiliated and confused; thus they questioned god why such "punishments" were put upon them. In addition, the scene and the message that are established are comparable with the crucifixion of Jesus. When the Jesus was on the cross, he shouted out "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Psalm 22). In contrast, both depictions deliver a feeling of grief for god not saving them and the feeling of betraying for not understanding the rationale behind this. The confusion that is perpetuated in the unknown man's mind can also further explain by Clovis E. Semmes’ book called White Supremacy and African Body. He concluded that "for European to justify slavery, they frequently argued that black sin was a curse from God"(1). Since the European established that the color black is equitable to evilness, stating that the

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