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In what ways does the description of the trial illustrate the racism and oppression...
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Throughout the trial we see first hand the racism of both white society generally and, even more specifically, the white prosecutor.
The angry mob outside the jail and courthouses clearly display their racial intolerance and their intention to terminate the life of Bigger Thomas, with or without a fair trial. The hangman's nooses and the burning crosses and effigies are all clear indication of this.
The behavior of the white prosecutor is, however, even more suggestive of the racism and oppression of the judicial system. Throughout the trial--and without any admonishment from the judge--the prosecutor refers to Bigger as a "black beast," an "animal," and an "ape" all as a way of dehumanizing him and shaping the impressions of the jury.
Posted by copelmat on April 16, 2010 at 4:00 AM (Answer #1)
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