He realized that the time for chance was upon his

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be heard as it was his pursuit of happiness. He realized that the time for chance was upon his race, it was time to pull free from the norm and finally be expose who they were as people. This double consciousness in African Americans was created by conformity. Con- formity is when an individual’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors are influenced by what other people believe is what they should be. A perfect example of this is early on in the protagonist’s story where before he fights he is forced to watch a white woman dance seductively in front of the crowd. Natural as a man he desires to watch the woman’s beauty but society has forced the belief upon him that no African American should ever
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lay eyes or interest in a white woman. In fear for his life he would not look up but the crowd of angry men shouted mix ideas to him, some shouted for him to look up yet oth- ers demanded he not even think about it. This split decision affected the boys mentally so much that they became sick and sweaty with nothing else in mind but running from the situation or praying it was all over soon. Our protagonist has been put through suffering in order to feed a predominant society’s need to feel superior. Typical lifestyle of the so called “outsider”, full of many upsets but what keeps them going are the small moments, even if for a split second, of happiness. I believe this happiness comes upon him twice throughout this experience. The first comes during the scene when he his blind folded and is forced to fight other boys. As the fight dragged on a small part of his blind fold is raised and he can see fig- ures swinging away. This slight amount of vision that he is allowed can be a symbol of an eye opening experience to how bad things truly are...
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