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An unknown source once wrote For evil to succeed it is sufficient that good men do nothing This quote ties into the theme of The Child By Tiger written by Thomas Wolfe The Child By Tiger leaves its readers with proof that evil and innocence are in every aspect of life Thomas Wolfe develops this theme through his use of a childs perspective character development setting and symbols Thomas Wolfe uses these elements to portray a powerful message that a reader cannot forget The Child By Tiger is a story about a black man Dick Prosser Dick was the Sheppertons man as they called him He always knew how to do everything from boxing to football The children in the neighborhood found him to be a friend and a mentor who taught them more than just skills he taught them about life On a cold winter night Dick went to Pansy Harris house another servant within the town Pansys husband arrived at home and a fight broke out and Dick shot Pansys husband When police arrived on the scene Dick shot them promptly and began running through the town Dick continued to shoot people that tried to stop him until the posse of men from the town surrounded him Dick dropped his weapon and was shot 330 times and then brought into town to put on display Wolfe tells this story of obviously adult content through the perspective of a child Wolfe does this to illustrate the theme it shows the innocence and the evil within the mind and heart of a child In the beginning of the story we see the admiration that the narrator holds for Dick He knew about football too and today he paused a powerful respectable- looking Negro man and watched us playPerrine 25 A reader can see the excitement and enthusiasm that only a child can hold for his role model in this quotation Using
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