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This
short story written by Richard Wright, taking place in the mid to late 1900s
around 1950s. From the title itself “Big Black Good Man” the reader can
somewhat deduce the given theme from the obvious flaws throughout the
exposition. From the local knowledge of the time, being this “Big Black Good
Man” isn’t such a good thing as racism and social profiling were running
rampant through this period of time, where Jim the sailor is the epitome of intimidation
in Olaf’s mind. Throughout the short story, there were many times to where the
mention of his skin or color was brought up, or bringing up some type of issue
that the main character Olaf had even though he somewhat claimed himself to
have no racial preference or bias, this is proven to be wrong as Olaf describes
Jim “Too big, too black, too loud, too direct, and probably too violent to
boot…”. Which is completely non-parallel to his previous statements, which is
utterly ironic in the since that the title of the passage is “Big Black Good
Man”.

 The
late 1950s and late were overflowing with bigotry not just in America, and the
physically intimidating nearness of a hulking, strong male of black skin with a
thick wad of money would legitimately urge some matter of stereotyping in
socially detached place like the world Olaf occupies. At the point when Jim
places his hands around Olaf’s neck out of the blue, one can’t accuse the last
to react with fear. At the point when Jim returns a year later, again puts his
hands on Olaf’s neck, however uncovers that his enthusiasm for Olaf’s neck was
constrained not to strangulation but rather to estimations for specially
designed shirts, Olaf’s reaction enlightens the degree of his astonishment in
finding this physically forcing individual is really a not too bad person who
never exhibited a risk to the doorman’s prosperity. Jim’s reaction to Olaf’s
perception that this black man is a “Big Black Good Man” is amusing
as in Olaf is stunned to find such an individual exists. He is so permeated
with cliché perspectives of blacks that he has expected from the begin that Jim
must be a criminal. How could such a person as Jim not debilitate. Wright’s
story, however, uncovers that Jim is, actually, a great individual, an amusing
disclosure for the short story reader who accepted resolution or falling action
for something else.

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