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Oftentimes in a literary work a write presents a character who seeks lifes meanings in his search for the truth In the story A Child by Tiger the main character Dick Prosser becomes engulfed in an ongoing battle between himself and society However on idea is certainwhen man is pushed to his extreme his evil innocence is revealed Dick Prosser is an African American man trapped in a racist oppressive society The society consists of two types of people the people like the Sheppertons Hugh McNair and Will Hendershot who someday wish to abolish lynch law and people like the drunken sot Lon Everett who embody the idea of white supremacy This society as a whole is what shapes the identity of Dick Prosser At first the author depicts Prosser as a kind African-American do-gooder who works for the Sheppertons To the children Prosser is an all-around perfect guy he can throw a football sing in tune and kick a prestigious punt Fundamentally to the reader Prosser is the child as stated in the title an innocent untainted kindred soul that is incapable of doing any harm to any other being However the other half of Prossers identity is the tiger One day when Prosser is driving Mr Shepperton Lon Everett manages to collide into Prosser Everett inebriated and disorderly blamed Prosser for the collision and then begins to pound him to a bloody pulp This overall suppression of Prosser is what causes the eyes to go red Therefore Prossers suppressive treatment shows the other tiger side of his identity in the form of a homicidal rampage If Prosser werent in the story the reader would never recognize the true essence of it as a whole His identity is displayed through the title A Child by Tiger is what Prossers identity consists ofa child side and a tiger side However Prossers actions are not only the embodiment of what happens
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