Essay on Big Black Good Man

1846 WordsMar 20, 20138 Pages
Big Black Good Man The idea of racism and prejudice has seemingly always been apart of society. Whether it were to be as bad as a full out segregation of schools or just underlying thoughts. In the short story “Big Black Good Man” by Richard Wright. The narrator has a limited omniscient point of view. This gives us great insight into what the main character Olaf Jenson is thinking about the other character Jim throughout the story. Richard Wright did a great job of giving us a look into what was then and may still be today, an example of the average racist. The short story “Big Black Good Man” by Richard Wright, begins with the main character Olaf Jenson sitting at his desk in a hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. In the beginning…show more content…
The black man then gave Olaf a roll of money with two thousand six hundred dollars in it and told him to write “Jim” on it. “Keep this for me, will you?” (186) Olaf then takes the money apprehensively and puts it in his safe for Jim. Olaf continues to refer to Jim using words with such negative and dehumanizing connotations to them. Such as the black mass, living breathing blackness and large black cloud of muscle and fat. Olaf showed Jim to his room. After finally getting the room all ready for him, Jim requests a lady and a bottle of whiskey. “Yes,” Olaf whispered, wild with anger and insult.” (186) Olaf did not actually have a reason to be angry, but he had reluctance to phone any women, for he thought that any normal women would be right for him. He was too big and too black for a normal woman. “God oughtn’t make men as big and black as that.” (186) It is here that we really begin to see the prejudice and racist remarks start to emit from Olaf. We begin to see that it is not that he is just fearful but it is his prejudice that is causing this mentality of fear in him. He finally calls a woman up named Lena. He explains to Lena how big and black Jim is. Lena proceeds to say that “He’s just a man,” Lena told him, her voice singing stridently, laughing over the wire.” “You just leave that to me. You don’t have to do anything. I’ll handle ’im.” (187) Lena did not have any care that Jim was
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