After Bigger commits his crime, he begins to lose his fear of the white society that had, until then, always controlled him and held him down. By murdering a white woman, Bigger feels that he has finally struck back at the white world that he has feared and hated.
The author, Richard Wright, gives us a glimpse into Bigger's thoughts:
The thought of what he had done, the awful horror of it...formed for him for the first time in his fear-ridden life a barrier of protection between him and a world he feared. He had murdered and had created a new life for himself. It was something that was all his...
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