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During the Harlem Renaissance although Blacks and Africans-in-America were freed by law America was still divided among the races Discrimination and stereotypical mentalities still flooded the minds of White America This was the period of American history that displayed strongly the ideas of superiority and white supremacy Many Blacks along with their accomplishments were beginning to relay a deep message not only to whites but also to the rest of America that this was a new era This era was filled with creatively assembled literary works such as poetry novels short stories and essays as well as expressive visual arts Through all the different advances of Blacks the literature of the Renaissance ranked among the most significant In reading literary works by Richard Wright and another significant writer of the Renaissance Zora Neale Hurston chapter 5 we find a pattern of Black and White societal conflicts that do not neccessar8ily dominate the work but is evident within situations and events that the characters live through Many of these problems were dilemmas of the Harlem Renaissance therefore reflected into the works of the times These two writers Hurston and Wright wrote primarily about Blacks and their connection with Whites They both stress to the readers how much of a role that race played in any day to day living They both seem to understand how the world worked at that point in time and have eloquently presented their views to the public on race relations In Richard Wrights novel Native Son Wright stirred up real controversy by shocking the sensibilities of both Blacks and Whites Bigger Thomas is the central character is Native Son He hails from the lowest rung on the American social ladder at the time he is poor and black He begrudges hates and fears the whites that define the narrow confines of his life He views white people as a collective overwhelming force that tells him
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