Big Black Good Man

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Big Black Good Man Literary Response The fiction story Big black Good Man written by Richard Wright depicts the meeting of an older man named Olaf Jenson and a young sailor named Jim at a motel lobby by the sea port on an August night in Copenhagen. Olaf, once a sailor himself is now a soon-to-be sixty year old middle class motel concierge. One night, while Olaf is attending to his duties at the front as he does every night Jim comes in seeking a room. Olaf, as mentioned before is a former sailor and has been to many different ports all around the world and has seen all kinds of people, however he is taken aback by Jim’s appearance. Jim is a black man, who is 6 feet tall with a very dark skin tone and a loud booming voice. When he enters…show more content…
Yet, here he was receiving a gift from this intimidating man. “I thought you wanted to kill me.” Says Olaf, “ I wouldn’t hurt you. I like you. You a good man. You helped me.” Jim replies. As Jim is set to leave Olaf says “You’re a good man too… You’re a big black good man.” Even in his realization that Jim, despite his offensive size and demeanor, is a decent human being he cannot shake the color of his
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