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Big Black Good Man

The title is indeed ironic because Jenson, the night-porter, has no conception of such a large African American male as being anything other than a threat. As soon as Jenson sees the sailor coming...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2018, 9:52 am (UTC)

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I'm assuming you need a thesis statement for an essay. When looking for a thesis statement, look to the literary elements of the story. Theme, conflict, characters, and setting are just a few you...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2007, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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I believe Lena serves as a foil to Jensen. The first time she goes to be with Jim, it is all business, but Jim and Lena obviously connect on some level since she goes back for six nights and...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2007, 10:09 am (UTC)

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Both simile and metaphor are comparisons of unlike things for effect; similes use like or as, while metaphors are direct comparisons. Much of the figurative language in Richard Wright’s story is...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019, 7:55 pm (UTC)

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"Doe Season" is all about gender roles and coming of age. Even the title is a clue, for a doe season is a deer hunting season in which hunters only take female deer. Andy is torn...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2008, 12:30 am (UTC)

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Well, actually, neither. He seems realistic. He seems to say that there will be surges of fear unlooked for, in people who consider themselves free of racism, and that race relations with always...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2007, 11:47 am (UTC)

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Well, here's a problem: I think the story is intentionally ambiguous. By that I mean, some points made about race and racial prejudice are open and direct. These are easy to identify. Olaf's...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2007, 1:43 am (UTC)

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Irony exists on several levels. On the linguistic level, the fact that "the man" of the title calls Jensen "boy," reversing a standard linguistic practice of whites towards Blacks, is ironic. On...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2007, 10:17 am (UTC)

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Sure, he can be considered jealous of Jim. That's not his first or primary response, but it is definitely there. Olaf is an older man, and his physical capacities are diminishing. Jim is a young...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2008, 4:55 am (UTC)

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A successful literary analysis begins with careful close readings of the literary work, in this case, the short story "Big Black Good Man" by Richard Wright (1908-1960), published posthumously in...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016, 4:50 pm (UTC)

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I agree with the above answer, but want to help simplify it for you. You've got "jealousy" and "racism." These are themes. If I were you, I'd pick ONE. Make that the main focus of your essay....

Latest answer posted July 16, 2010, 11:23 pm (UTC)

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By the same token, Marxist works will focus on relationships of the people, the consciousness of the people, and a particular focus on the working conditions and lives of the working masses....

Latest answer posted January 14, 2008, 12:13 am (UTC)

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