Last Updated on August 7, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 612
Floyd: I said you was just right for me and if I could get that I never would want nothing else. That’s why you ought to try me one more time. If you try me one more time, you never carry no regrets.
Floyd tries to convince Vera to take him back. Because he cheated on her, Vera has trouble trusting him again.
Floyd: See . . . I am going to Chicago. If I have to buy me a graveyard and kill everybody I see. I am going to Chicago. I don’t want to live my life without. Everybody I know live without. I don’t want to do that. I want to live with. I don’t know what you all think of yourself, but I think I’m supposed to have. Whatever it is. Have something. Have anything.
This moment reveals Floyd’s driving motivation to go to Chicago, which, for him, symbolizes success. His words about going so far as to kill are an exaggeration but not much of one. They show the lengths he will go to reach his dream. Later in the play, he goes so far as to rob a loan office to get the money he needs.
Floyd: You know better than to ask me where you get anything from. I took a chance. Lots of times in life you taking a chance. Some people say that’s all life is . . . And then sometime you be taking your last chance. If you taking your last chance, then you done used up your life.
Floyd has just robbed the money he needs to make it to Chicago and win back Vera. Ironically, this act is the “last chance” that leads to his death.
Floyd: Maybe all the times we don’t know the effect of what we do. But we cause what happens to us. Sometimes even in little ways we can’t see.
Talking to Vera, Floyd philosophizes on the nature of chance versus control over our lives. He is trying to convince Vera to get back together with him.
Red Carter: There’s too many people out there act crazy. Too many people with knives. Ice picks. Meat cleavers and everything else. They had one fellow got in a fight with somebody and pulled a hatchet out from under his coat.
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