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Big Black Good Man

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The Big Black Good Man

In this story, the author seems as if he is portraying racism, and judgment. In the scene where the black man first comes in into Olaf Jensen’s motel, Olaf is stricken by the man’s big posture and skin complexion. As the man continues to walk up to the register where Olaf was, Olaf’s face grew with despair. He was frightened by the man, and what he can do to him. So he walked up front, with a suitcase, and asked for a room and a woman. As much as Olaf wanted to say no, and hesitated a bit, he gave the gentleman a room, and sent him Lena, the local prostitute. The big black man didn’t want anyone to help him up with his suitcase. As if he was carrying something that he didn’t want anyone to know about, in a suspicious way. So as the week went by, Lena kept coming every day, and the man just kept going by his business. Until the day he left, once he left, Olaf couldn’t get the image out of his mind. He kept thinking about the big black man. He kept thinking about ways to hurt him, or confront him in some type of way, if he would’ve ever come back to the motel. He felt threatened by him, and somehow he wasn’t going to let pass. Each day he saw the big black man, he thought about striking him with something, or shooting him. Violent thoughts. Thoughts he couldn’t control.

A year later had passed, and Olaf was still working at the register, then the man came back. Olaf didn’t know what to do. For so long he had thoughts of confronting the man, and here is his chance. So as the man walked up to him, Olaf stood in his stance, reaching for the gun he had on the side of the drawer next to him. The man saw he was reaching for something, and stopped his hand. Then he reached into his suitcase, and gave him a shirt. Olaf felt relieved. He thought he had came back to kill him. The man wanted to show thanks to Olaf for everything. Ever since he left a year ago, he and Lena have been keeping in touch, and he had grown feelings for her. As he was...

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