associating it to white men who seem to not care about the homeless and the environment they are in. Hughes uses external conflict to demonstrate that when the other character was in need of food and clothing he would do anything to get it and he didn’t care if that involved committing a crime. Hughes allows the reader to grasp the idea that during this time period the white race had always downgraded the African American race, would there be a significant change if the tables were to be turned. Some people though it would be clever to “’Wearin’ diamonds up here to Harlem, and me starvin’!” (Hughes 257) but others did not find it clever in any way. This external conflict causes the readers to feel convicted during this situation because people often times don’t consider the situation of others before an action is committed. When the white males show up with diamonds, and several hundred dollars and then don’t care when they have been robbed, because they know that they have more money, and diamonds at home. It shows how some people only think of themselves and haven’t considered caring for those who are less fortunate then themselves. This external conflict is such an important part of the story, because it
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