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The Child by Tiger by Thomas Wolfe is a short story based around a black man Dick Prosser and the environment of the South Though the story isnt based on primarily based on racial issues there is a great deal of tension between the blacks and the whites Dick endures racial oppression as a black man in a white community One example of tension between the two races shown in the story is when Dick has to sit outside of the white church during services This separation makes the strain of being accepted even harder He was an incredible black man that had many talents most blacks didnt have Dick lives as a white man whose skin color marks him as black Anger boils in Dick as he takes the punches given by Lon Everett who is drunk People can have a hidden side to them which can be brought out by the type of environment that he or she is placed in Eventually after society turns their cheek on him he goes on a killing rampage Societys pressures are key to his actions Prosser has a complete loss of innocence We are shown in the beginning of the story that there was very little that Dick Prosser could not do This quote suggests that he was close to being perfect but on the other hand it shows the foreshadowing of his violence All Dick desired was to be accepted by the whites who were the majority of his society but after a while he couldnt bear the social wall that separated the two races His sudden eruption of violence was undetected by the community that had been unaware of the damage they had done He transforms from being the lamb a very innocent creature to a tiger by the end of the story The afternoon before the killings Dicks Bible lay face downward on the table and next to his Bible Dicks modern repeating
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