Bigger Thomas and Jesus Christ

I am spending a great deal of time today studying Richard Wright. I cannot help but note how Wright so eloquently defined black alienation in Bigger Thomas — the victim of racism, classism, and urbanism in Native Son. As we all know, Bigger represents every emotional anger held by Wright. Both Christ and Bigger were ignored by the communist. There was no Proletarian revolution. Bigger represents Christ in so many ways. Poor, isolated, and seeking meaning in a world that rejected him. Many will argue that Christ understood his role and purpose, but like Bigger, Christ was executed and sought an explanation from God as to why. Bigger was a victim of society. Black folks failed Bigger. Christians and communists ignored him. And, white people killed him.

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One response to “Bigger Thomas and Jesus Christ

  1. Grahm

    This is one of the best books I have read. For a history teacher, you are keen on understanding literary analysis. I have noticed that in a number of your post. You really got me thinking her, sir!

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