Why does the preacher fail to bring Bigger to God in "Native Son"?

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According to the story, the wooden cross that he offered Bigger to wear as a way to redeem himself to good suddenly reminded bigger of the burning crosses of the KKK, and the image freaked him out, for which he took off the cross.

Now, the real reason for the lack of redemtion is not really failure on Rev. Hammond's part, but the fact that, as it is stated in the end, Bigger had really had enough. He lived in such an oppresion from family, society, crime, culture, finances...his life really was going nowhere. His ultimate death is seen introspectively but not from its religious value- but for the psychological value of his battles being nearly over now.

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