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For years after the civil war black people were still mistreated Segregation the separate but equal law was not exactly all that equal People remained as slaves on plantations because they had nowhere else to go The Souths class-system was still in full effect putting black females at the lowest in rank Richard Wrights story portrays this period of time for a small black family Sarah Silas and their daughter Ruth Through many different events in this story it is evident how African American people were not treated fairly Long Black Song by Richard Wright is a symbolic story of the Souths society-placement system The importance of stock characters is evident in this story The main stock character is obviously Sarah She is the pushover black female who wants to stand up for herself but knows that her place in society will not allow her to When the white salesman is trying to take advantage of her she replies with Naw naw Mistah Ah cant do that 562 Even when a white man is violating her she still refers to him as Mister which is known as a term of respect And when she finally realizes that she cant change his mind she stops resisting and lets him have his way although she doesnt want to This symbolizes how her placement in society will not allow her to stand up to males especially males who are white Also when Silas comes home from selling cotton and he realizes she was with another man she doesnt tell him what actually happened Instead she lets him believe that she wanted to be with the man because she is so afraid to stand up to him Unfortunately Sara knows that her place as a black woman is to stay silent which is why she is placed lowest on the class-ranking system Silas is another example of a stock character He is the strong black farmer whose temper pushes
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