RestovichIt’s just like living in jail” (Wright 20). This passage implies that Bigger feels that whites make blacks live in bad condition, while they live in big and nice houses. He can’t digest the fact that whites can have all things that he can’t have. He feels that he is just living in a jail that is made by whites. Bigger is so frustrated that, at one point he expresses his anger to Gus about the whites that “‘that’s when I feel like something awful’s going to happen to me’. ‘Naw; it ain’t like something going to happen to me. It’s…It’s like I was going to do something I can’t help…’” (22).This passage implies that Bigger always has feelings that he will do something wrong with himself due to whites. Every time Bigger thinks about whites, he thinks that they are in his chest and throat.So, in order to hurt whites, he’ll end up doing something to himself. Bigger was not born with the identity of a murderer, but his situation and the environment he lived provoked him to commit murder. As Wright shows in the beginning of the novel, how Bigger was fighting with a huge rat with the iron skillet, and about Bigger’s actions, fear, and quick temper. The way he trapped the rat in order to kill it, similarly we can see Bigger himself as the rat being trapped by whites around him and rat and Bigger both are persecuted. Eventually, both will die. Wrights trying to show us that how Bigger is caught by forces that he couldn’t understand and control and how Bigger finds a sense of freedom and relaxed in his act of violence. When Bigger went to the Dalton’s home, he takes his gun with him, which makes him feel equal to the whites. He hates Mary right away when he3
Restovichfirst meets her. This is because she makes him feel uncomfortable. At one point Mary asks Bigger that “Bigger, do you belongs to a union?” (51). Biggerhates this girl because he is trying to get his job and she is making Bigger to loose his job. He doesn’t know anything about unions, but Mary asks him thisquestion in front of Mr. Dalton. After this conversation, Bigger was unable to communicate properly with Mary due to his fear and hatred towards her that eventually lead him to become a killer. Wright is trying to show his readers that how Bigger finds himself more powerful and relaxed in the acts of violence. He accidentally kills Mary in order to shut her up so Mrs. Dalton wouldn’t know that she is drunk and about his presence. He is so fearful of being caught with a white girl’s bedroom. As one critic states that, “when blind Mrs. Dalton enters Mary’s room, Bigger completely loses control as his fear powerfully overwhelms him. When Mrs. Dalton approaches the bed, he becomes caught up in a spell of hysteria, intuitively acting to save his life” (Joyce). After killing Mary, Bigger doesn’t feel sorry for her death but feels powerful and thinks that violence is the answer for him to feel equal to the white community.