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In the short story The Child by Tiger Thomas Wolfe portrays mans dark side through the unexpected madness of the seemingly good-natured Dick Prosser and the actions taken by the town people This story is set in an era when people believed race determined the moral character of a person Many viewed blacks as social outcast and hence the cause of most crimes This is true to the extent that African Americans were committing a large number of petty crimes but were they really the cause Many factors play into determining a cause and in this case it is quite evident that the social conditions in which African Americans were forced to live in contributed to there social behavior However can these pressures push a man to mental madness and drive him towards mass murder It is not just to say that he is without fault but it is true to say that the coldness of one man will decrease the warmth of another The story gives us a glimpse of Dicks life a short period before the climax We are left to probe clues and use our imagination and intuition to come to a personal conclusion of why Dick committed mass murder The time in which the story takes place was a period of severe racial discrimination especially toward Blacks The most prevalent attitude toward African Americans was that they were somehow inferior to the whites This is evident by the referral of Dick as the Sheppertons Negro man Wolfe 24 Mr Shepperton himself Arellano 2 declared that Dick was the best man hed ever had the smartest darky that hed ever known Wolfe 26 Dick had served a long enlistment in the United States Army Here he learned tricks and traits that made him useful as a servant It was his submissiveness towards white folks which charmed everyone particularly the kids He called all of us Misterthis formal addresspleased us immensely Wolfe
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