Richard Wright, Big Black Good Man

Fear is a great factor in this story when it comes to prejudice in Olaf's case. The size of Jim was terrifying to him because he didn't know what Jim might do to him (208).

Jim is the antagonist in this story because Olaf is the narrator. If we look at Jim's character and his point of view we could probably see that he was prejudiced in his own way as well. He walks in sure of himself and of what he wants and demands it from Olaf. Olaf being white could have made him feel threatened in a way because Jim was looking for a room to stay in could have been refused. Back then in society people were known to refuse colored folk and the story does state that Olaf thought about refusing him (208). Olaf, though knowing he was having irrational thoughts, went ahead and offered Jim a room.

Richard Wright displays Lena's character to be one of

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